Aussies petition IRL to stay

October 24, 2008
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
georgeThe Indy Racing League is being greeted with much fanfare in Australia this week, but it remains doubtful the open-wheel series will return to race at Surfer’s Paradise next year.
The first two days of practice drew more than 55,000 fans each day, and this weekend’s race has been plastered all over the major daily newspaper, The Gold Coast Bulletin. On Thursday, the Bulletin devoted its first four pages to race coverage, including a page one photo of IRL chief Tony George.

Inside, the paper printed a clip-out section to “Tell Tony you love Indy.” The mail-in petition drive is the newspaper’s effort to get the race to come back next year. Thursday’s Bulletin also included a 40-page special section about the race, which is not a part of this year’s IRL points series. Danica Patrick was front and center of the paper’s entertainment section with a photo and in-depth interview.

The paper reported Friday that promotional stops by several drivers including A.J. Foyt IV, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal were crowded with throngs of fans. Several drivers, including Mario Moraes and Jamie Camara played the local Miss Indy finalists in a game of beach volleyball, not surprisingly another popular event with the locals.

Despite the attention the series is getting in the land down under, the prospects of returning remains dubious. The series has financial and scheduling concerns. While the promoter paid the frieght for a limited number of crew and other team members to come over, some IRL teams were forced to pay almost $100,000 for flight tickets alone to get the rest of their team members over. Other teams are making due with skeleton crews. There is also a scheduling problem. It makes no sense for the IRL to crown its champion at an off-hour on the other side of the globe, but moving the race up a month would conflict with soccer season, which is a much bigger deal in Australia than racing.
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Were the comments broken? I thought berwick's constant nagging and whining might have finally driven Anthony over the edge! :lol:

    Anyway, I suspect there will be petitions circulated demanding that the earl never be allowed to soil Australia again after they get a look at this abomination.
  • Yeah, I think the comment function was messed up. I tried a couple of times Thursday and Friday and it kept shutting me out. Anyway, I don't know how the IRL could make this market work for their predominantly North American sponsors. Too bad more markets here don't support the IRL events they have like SF does.
  • I saw they were running XM Radio ads at the race, and XM radio isn't even available in the southern hemisphere. Yep, it will be a tough market to sell.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

ADVERTISEMENT