Ferrari to INDYCAR, INDYCAR to Melbourne, F1 to Watkins Glenn

Ahh, the silly season.

One story that has given me more enjoyment this weekend than the Valencia Grand Prix, was the story that the venue promoters are uniting in opposition to the F1 Commission over engine revs. They are even threatening to move their events to INDYCAR.

I for one think this is an excellent idea. INDYCAR has sensible sanctioning fees built on the basic premise that promoters should be able to make money from putting on races. Contrast this with the F1 approach, which seems to necessitate government funding or bankruptcy and bailout.

I could actually see Melbourne switching to INDYCAR, particularly given the number of australian drivers gracing the series. Once Mark Webber departs the scene an INDYCAR / V8s double header is the logical way to go.

So which other races could make the switch? Austin, for one. Then there’s Sao Paulo which could alternate between Interlagos and their street circuit. Again, Brazil has its eyes just as firmly on drivers in INDYCAR as in F1.

Canada is trickier, as it already has more than enough races, although the Circuit Giles Villeneuve has been visited by American Open Wheel over the years.

So bring it on, get Ferrari into a red painted INDYCAR, and let’s go racing boys.

After all, it’s only a matter of time before Lewis moves to NASCAR. Isn’t it?

    • simon hayes
    • July 7th, 2011

    What F1 fails to realise is The Indy 500 is still the most sponsor driven open wheel race The World Has to offer.

    I worked for both F1 Teams and now work for Top Indy Car Drivers. The level of professionalism is exactly the same, some times better in INDY CAR rebranded as the IZOD Indy Car Series.

      • Chris D
      • July 8th, 2011

      I agree – the Indy 500 is right up there with Le Mans and Monaco. I hope the rest of the Indycar series soon regains the level of popularity and technical innovation it had in years past. I saw 100 years worth of indycars at goodwood last weekend and it was great. I think indycar will be on an upward path right around the time that F1 really begins to suffer. There’s plenty of room for both. I really do hope Watkins glen comes back (for either series) and I’m sure Lewis will end up in NASCAR

      • Chris D
      • July 8th, 2011

      It’s IZOD IndyCar series, but the sanctioning body has this year rebranded from IRL to INDYCAR. 🙂

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