I don’t often agree with Robin Miller but he really nailed it today at racer.com.
Dateline: Avondale LA.
The IndyCar Series set a new North American record for fan expense per green flag lap. The detailed numbers are not in yet but it is clear that this event will surpass any previous North American racing event. The European record is still held by the 1984 Monaco GP; and the International by the 1991 Australian GP (as adjusted for inflation).
Last March I published a post here titled “Another Wake Up Call” about the National Speed Sport News Reader’s Poll on track popularity. Essentially, the point was that IMS had fallen to a new low of 6th in the poll. The 2015 Poll has been released and unfortunately I missed it, but thanks to Bob Gangwer at “Wing Side Up” I was reminded to check it out.
The results are in and IMS has fallen into a 7th Place tie with Williams Grove Speedway. It isn’t the highest ranked oval (Eldora being 1st); it’s not even the highest ranked paved oval (Oswego being 4th). At this rate it will be out of the top 10 in just a couple of years.
How accurate is this poll? It certainly doesn’t represent the casual fan who only attends one race every year when it comes to town like the circus. It obviously doesn’t represent the NASCAR fan since Daytona, nor any other Cup track is in the top 10. It DOES represent the most knowledgeable North American open wheel fans, the core IndyCar fans. It also represents the fans who could become the future IndyCar core fan base. The ownership and management of IMS and IndyCar are more concerned about promoting rock concerts than racing. Clearly they are STILL SNOOZIN’.
THE TOP 10
(TIE) Williams Grove
Lucas Oil Speedway (MO)
New Jersey Motorsport Park
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