With the afterglow of the Indianapolis 500 starting to fade, and the excitement that the Iowa race provided front and center, folks are starting to look toward the future of the IZOD Indy Car Series.  Yes, there is a new engine on the way and there may just be a new chassis or two to play with. (Though you still can’t convince me it won’t be anything but a Dallara…maybe a Lola) But what has really grabbed my attention is the talk of new locations and tracks being added for the seasons to come.  With the Baltimore Inner Harbor race already added and talk of New Hampshire coming very soon, one starts to dream about a fantasy schedule for the IZOD Indy Cars.

I’ve done this about 1,000 times as I try to make the best Simulated seasons for rFACTOR on my computer.  Yes, I’m a total racing geek and I play computer games…So???  I know that Steph at www.planet-irl.com has already posted a schedule she thinks can happen, but I’ve had one kicking around in my head for a long time now.  If I were R. Bernard, here’s what I’d like to see….

  1. Sao Paolo, Brazil – Great inaugural race this year.  With Brazilian talent and money in the cars, this event has to stay.
  2. St. Petersburg, FL – Pretty good racing and Andretti Autosport will continue to market this race.  Shame that rain postponed this year
  3. Phoenix, AZ – If we’re dreaming, might as well go big, or uh, small.
  4. Long Beach, CA – Best Street Show in the U.S. even if the racing isn’t the best.
  5. Indianapolis 500
  6. Texas Motor Speedway, TX – Eddie Gossage looks like he believes in this series.  Let him keep the traditional Milwaukee spot. Though if Milwaukee comes back, it goes at #7.
  7. Barber Motorsports Park, AL – It’s Beautiful, you know
  8. Toronto, ON, Canada – Great Circuit with history.
  9. New Hampshire Speedway, NH – Great CART races there in the 1990’s and Jerry Gappens hasn’t been seen since doing commentary for ABC.
  10. Watkins Glen, NY
  11. Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD – I’ll be there next year.
  12. Richmond International Raceway, VA – Short Tracks need to come back.
  13. Kentucky Speedway, KY – Less than 1.5 mile oval seems to be the answer.
  14. Michigan International Speedway, MI – See #3 above.
  15. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, OH – Please widen turns 4 and 5…
  16. Chicagoland Speedway, IL – Excitement….enough said.
  17. Iowa Speedway, IA – True fans supporting the sport.  Can’t leave this venue
  18. Portland International Raceway, OR – Great Road Course with some amazing CART action
  19. Twin Ring Motegi, Japan – As long as Honda is involved, they get a race.  Stop arguing about it.
  20. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV – Great place to end the season and have the Series Banquet the next night.

What did I leave out??? Lots.  But I tried to put down locations that may actually want Indy Car. Except for Phoenix and Michigan, this schedule appears plausible.  Also, it is laid out in such a manner that traveling from venue to venue makes a little sense.  Trying to keep the costs down you know.

I’m not a big fan of the Homestead since they changed the banking.  When we first went there, it was a great place to race.  Now, it’s just another banked oval.  Same thing with Kansas I’m afraid.  Infineon hasn’t put on a good show.  Only “excitement” have been from incidents.  Maybe with turbos, this, and other road and street venues will become exciting again.

Well, it’s just a few daydreams.  What do you think?