Should Formula One come back?

November 30, 2007
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When Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One parted ways this summer, more than one person in Indianapolis muttered, â??Good riddance.â??

F1â??s leader, Bernie Ecclestone, was viewed as arrogant, pushy and greedy. Just the same, the city likes the prestige of hosting the raceâ??not to mention collecting the tourism dollars.

Now the parties are talking about bringing the race back in 2009 if IMS can find a way to make more money. Should these two get back together?

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  • YES! Bring back F1 Tony. But I would much rather see the real Indy 500 return. But unfortunately, that will never happen.
  • When I was working @ IMS in '06, There was talk about F1 Leaving, but it was unconfirmed. Even though I was not in the Finance department of IMS, I knew the financial imact that it has done on the track, Speedway, and Indianapolis. I will love to see F1 come back and be another pride of Indiana. Having the whole Racing world see us has a dramatic effect on our financial economy (not just for IMS but for the whole city).
  • I would love to see it come back mainly so the IMS can have all forms of racing at one venue again.

    I think since we lable ourselves the Racing Captial of the World to have a Nascar, IndyCar and F-1 validates that claim and the Motorcycle Race is just Icing on the Cake in addition to the National Drags.

    I think it would be neat as well to have CART come back for a road race combined with the IRL
  • Yes, it would be nice to have F-1 return to Indy.
  • ABSOLUTELY. Indianapolis needs and should want to be the triple crown of auto racing.
  • ABSOLUTELY they should be welcomed back.
    While there is little doubt that Bernie is not fun to work with, he does hold the keys to the claim that Indy is like no other place in the world when it comes to hosting motor sports at the highest levels.
    We have gone to every FI race at the Speedway and have hosted many out of towners who are drawn to the opportunity to see the best technology and drivers in the world. They all have left saying how lucky we are to have such events right in our backyard.
  • Being a regular attendee of the USGP, I can definately say it's a good thing. Admittedly, the tire fiasco 2 years ago didn't help, but it was certainly not the fault of the city and I think alot of fans were turned-off by it enough that they did not show for the '07 event, hence the lackluster attendance and promotion.

    The USGP carries with it a class and culture that this city cannot afford to lose if we are indeed trying to be a cultural mecca.
  • Absolutely! I have made many great friendships with team members and they want to come back to Indy.
  • NO.

    What would be?...Closed wheel formula racing (as the cars were when I watched at Spa-Francochamps, Belgium in 1969). The 24-Hours of Indy. Formula I today is a pompous, boring, predictable, expensive day wasted. A 60's-70's Porsche was much more suited to the streets of Monaco--or anywhere else for that matter, than the hi-tech frames/chassis' used today. Just like the people who promote and race them,...whiny and over-rated.
  • I agree with
  • No question, YES! I for one am in for tickets every year, all three days at the track. Bring it back!!!
  • The US Grand Prix placed Indianapolis in the International spot light through media attention and with all the international visitors to the City for the event.

    It was an excellent economic development marketing tool for branding the City and State.

    I hope the Speedway will be able to secure a title sponsor for the event and secure a long tem contract with F1.
  • I absolutley agree with wrtier #9!!
    The heck with those guys!
  • The city of Indianapolis is the motor capital of the WORLD, we need to try to always maximize our exposure. To be a naysayer is to turn your back on jobs that people depend on. Of course we need the race to return, but at terms that make sense for the promotor who is a civic leader and business man.
  • I would like to see F1 come back to Indy, but if they do, I would rather have the race in September like it was originally. That probably wouldn't happen though, because of the new bike race, and the timing of the Canadian GP. The first race they ran here in the rain was the best one.
  • This is so exciting! Yes, bring them back. Formula One brings the world to Indy!
  • Considering all the major auto companies, Honda, Toyota, etc., have their largest sales base in the USA, I would imagine those companies would be putting pressure on GP to return to the USA.
  • OK, they can come back, but leave Eckelstone at home. If he is part of it, let them all stay home.
  • It is the most boring race I have ever attended. Even though I attend for free I will not return after sitting through three races. I enjoy the Ferrari and Porche races much more. With the tire farce I decided to move on and forget about it. F-1 is worse than baseball players going on strike. Leave them in Europe and take a look at the Gran Prix racers!
  • I haven not enjoyed F-1 racing and probably will pay little attention to it if it returns. Having said that, YES, bring in the tourist dollars.
  • Yes, the economic impact and prestige is absolutely important for Indy.

    However to make this truly viable for the long-term, the manufacturers need to take more of a leadership role!

    Why don't Ferrari North America, BMW USA, or Mercedes-Benz USA, and to a lesser extent Honda, Toyota, Renault (Nissan in the USA) take more lead promoting this race? For those of you fortunate to drive these machines (Ferrair, Mercedes, BMW), go bug your dealerships about this and get their US divisions to take a more active role!
  • Heck yes, this is a no-brainer. Indianapolis needs the $100 million in tourism dollars, internatinal attention, and a real party atmosphere with lots of action (four days with the Walkabout). The race needs a major sponsor, much more promotion, and some new amenities at the track. The road course itself has already been altered to satisfy the motorcycles. Imagine four major events in Speedway!
  • I, too, would like to see F1 back at Indy. I grew up going to the track and have spent many hours there. I've since moved away, but have been back to one F1 race. It would be creat to come to another.

    I also agree it would be great to have US open wheel racing reunited and have the 500 be the real crown jewel it once was, but the egos involved now, I doubt that will happen.

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