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Low Attendance Leaves Fontana IndyCar Date In Doubt; Drivers Lament Pack Racing

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 29 / 15

The Verizon IndyCar Series MavTV 500 could have been the series' "last stand at Auto Club Speedway," because Saturday's "great show was witnessed by an embarrassingly small crowd, maybe 10,000 and change in the 68,000-seat grandstand and a little more than a handful of RVs in the infield campground,...

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