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SBD/March 6, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Columnists, Critics Denounce IndyCar Report, Claim Suggestions Would Not Work
Published March 6, 2013
PLAYOFF, SCHMLAYOFF: The AP’s Jenna Fryer wrote where the BCG may have "erred ... is in declaring that IndyCar was ‘the best pure racing motorsports league in the U.S.’ then offering a handful of ideas that essentially gimmick up the series.” Among the “most polarizing suggestions are a 15-race U.S. schedule held over 19 weeks, a three-race playoff at the end of the season and a finale on the IMS road course.” Purists “don’t want a playoff.” Fryer: “Then there’s BCG’s marketing ploy of paying a ‘big personality’ to join the series.” That would “enrage the purists.” The only way a “paid A-list driver would have any long-term affect on the series is by being competitive, and there's a pretty shallow pool of talent willing and capable of jumping into an Indy car and running up front.” However, not everything in the report is “outlandish, and some of it makes sense.” The ticketing structure at IMS “probably does need to be overhauled.” If the most expensive seats sell and the mid-priced tickets do not, then “raise the cost of the stuff in high demand and adjust the price of stalled inventory” (AP, 3/4).
KRAZY FOR KIDS: In Baltimore, Chris Korman reports Grand Prix of Baltimore race promoter Race On yesterday announced “a revised ticket plan ... that will allow each adult with a general admissions ticket to bring one child 12-years-old or younger to the Labor Day event.” Race On Founder J.P. Grant said that the new ticket policy was “not prompted by concern over the rate of ticket sales.” A general admission three-day pass “for juniors costs $25.” A Race On spokesperson said that fans who “already purchased general admissions seats have been contacted by Race On and advised of the new policy and will be able to adjust their ticket orders accordingly” (Baltimore SUN, 3/6).