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Mark Miles Weighs IndyCar Road Race At IMS Leading Up To Indy 500
Published September 5, 2013
ALL SIGNS POINT TO...: ESPN.com's John Oreovicz wrote, "You can bet your bottom dollar that there will be an Indy car race on the IMS road course next year -- especially now that I'm starting to hear rumors that the IndyCar Series' event in Sao Paulo is going to fall by the wayside." The notion of an IndyCar road race weekend kicking off Indy 500 activities "has some old timers up in arms, but it's not the worst plan the Speedway could come up with." Driver Graham Rahal said, "We've lost the whole 'Month of May,' and I think it would be cool to bring it back." Oreovicz wrote it is "unrealistic to think that IMS will fill the massive facility with fans for an early May Indy car race, nor even attract a crowd of 100,000." But with the opening weekend of Indy 500 practice "reportedly drawing fewer than 7,500 fans, any moderately successful full-fledged race weekend would improve the Speedway's bottom line" (ESPN.com, 9/4).