New boss ready to overhaul month of May in Indy

September 3, 2013
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The Hulman-George family has long needed a change agent to turn around the IndyCar Series and re-energize the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It appears the family has that in Mark Miles, who became Hulman & Co. CEO in December, and arguably one of his boldest initiatives is taking a big leap forward this week at the Speedway.

On Wednesday, IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal and Ryan Briscoe will turn laps on the Speedway’s 2.6-mile road course in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.

Rahal and Briscoe aren’t doing it for thrills. Miles is looking for feedback as he forwards his idea of having an IndyCar road race in early May to make the month bigger and better.

IndyCar sources say Miles is eyeing May 10 for the inaugural event and has already opened conversations with potential title sponsors.

Some have complained the wheels have turned too slowly with Miles in charge, mainly regarding the hiring of a new president of IndyCar’s commercial division. Miles has interviewed numerous candidates for the crucial job, which includes finding sponsors and other corporate partners for the series and its teams and has been turned down by at least one candidate. He says the search is ongoing.

But Miles appears ready to pull the trigger on major changes the family could not or would not consider.

While Miles is an Indianapolis guy, he doesn’t have the family’s emotional connections to Speedway traditions, so he’s more able to make tough, objective business decisions.

You may not agree with everything Miles is doing, but it’s difficult not to at least give him a nod of appreciation for the guts it takes to part with such longstanding tradition.

Until this year, racing IndyCars on the IMS road course has only been a pipe dream, often talked about but never seriously considered by the Hulman-George family that runs the show.

The IMS road course has hosted series including the Formula One race from 2000-2007, the annual MotoGP event that debuted in 2008, and the Grand-Am Rolex Series that first competed at IMS in 2012.

The course has been criticized by F1 and more recently, MotoGP racers, for just about everything including being bumpy, dusty, slick (as in no traction) and boring.

Miles admits the course, built in 1999 to host an annual F1 race, will need upgrades before the IndyCar Series is given the green. The idea also would need board approval, where the Hulman-George family would be given veto opportunity.

Miles insists he’s not trying to tread on tradition by having dual IndyCar races in May. He explains that he’s just trying to restore some horsepower to the month.

“We only had a few thousand people on [Indianapolis 500] opening day this year and we keep doing the same things and it's not working,” Miles recently told Racer.com. “I want to protect the Indianapolis 500 but we need to look at what we can do to help the race and IndyCar. We need to make more out of the month and I don’t see how starting off with a road race could hurt it.”

While Miles’ comment to Racer.com may seem a minor proclamation, it’s a major deviation from the kind of thinking that has steered this enterprise for decades. Yes, change is risky business. But as scary as it is, it must be done. The 1970s aren’t coming back. Better to hit the wall trying a different path than running out of fuel sitting in the pits.

So bold is Miles, that he recently turned down a deal worth a six-figure sum annually, because the would-be corporate partner just wanted access to sell goods and services to the series' teams. While Miles said he understands that business-to-business transactions are part of the series, he empahsized that he wants partners interested in promoting the series.

On the Indy road race front, Miles realizes he still has serious challenges to work out quickly. In addition to a title sponsor, he might need board approval to ensure ticket prices are high enough to make a worthwhile profit yet low enough to attract throngs of fans.

And most importantly, he needs to find a way to make sure this doesn’t cannibalize the Indianapolis 500. He could offer a dual road race/Indy 500 ticket, but it’s likely too late to do that in 2014.

Hulman & Co. isn’t the only entity with a lot riding on Miles’ big gambles. Conservatively, the Indianapolis 500 has an economic impact on central Indiana of $200 million to $300 million annually. If that event takes a gut punch from the changes Miles proposes, many will suffer.

Starting another big race here next May isn’t the only thing Miles is looking to shake up. He’s strongly considering adding lights to the massive Speedway. And he’s changing and condensing the IndyCar Series’ regular (spring and summer) schedule while seriously contemplating an international winter schedule in Asia and the Middle East.

He’s also thinking about moving a sports car race held at the track in conjunction with the Brickyard 400, currently held in August, to May or some other calendar spot.

Miles appears poised to sweep the good old days of IndyCar, which haven’t been all that good of late, away. It’s difficult to know, however, if happy days are—or will be anytime soon—here again.

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  • Suggestion Box
    Here are some ideas to make May better: 1) Loosen the equipment specs to encourage participation by a wider variety of teams and drivers. 2) Two weekends of time trials again. One of these years (probably 2016) your entire qualifying weekend is going to be rained out. Then what? 3) Make safety enhancements designed to accommodate new track records. 4) Give fans comfortable places to sit along with easy entrance and exit. 5) Fix the restrooms and make the grounds sparkle like they did until Tony George got the heave-ho. 6) Market the series and its events like you're in 2014. Like everyone else. Road racing is not going to put any more butts in seats and is far more likely to dilute the main event. I am all for thinking outside the box, but there are hundreds of better ways to enhance the May experience at the track. While you're at it, ensure next year's schedule is actually balanced and not 70% non-oval. History proves 100% of the time that US based open wheel road racing series fail. Stop listening so much to self interested road racers and put together a balanced schedule.
    • Miles is DESTROYING your track
      The entire month of MAY used to be all about speed and getting it in the show at all costs. Nowadays, the ICONIC blunder of the ugliest un-sexy AOW machine EVER to tarnish the brickyard keeps fans away...so much that the speedway will sacrifice the first 2 weeks of the month on an Indy road course event that will steal the thunder from the former great race, the Indy 500. This is the DUMBEST idea since keeping Barnhart and racing 34 cars at Las Vegas. And that tops even the most idiotic blunder of all IRL history...allowing the 2nd generation Dallara an 8 year run of destruction that killed and maimed without intervention. MARK MILES...the product you are doing your bidding with is UGLY, it's 3/4 open wheel, it's slow and looks like a dog scooting on the carpet. Picture that on your infield road course...you lost Brazil and now you are out of options so you go to the road course. Sad sad state of affairs in Speedway, Indiana tonight. MILES...you should have apologized like Michael Knight advised you to. Too late now. It's over man...all $900+ MILLIONS of it. Squandered because ALL of YOU refuse to see your product stinks. The Indycar series can only suffer more because they will be compared to F1 cars on the road course. It's all just a pathetic waste. Change the ugly car or suffer the death of this sport because that's where this is all headed. TV on NBCSN till 2019 and you guys have been averaging -25% TV viewership each year for the past 3 or 4 years. That is sucksess.
    • New Perspective
      Chief, D, You both make good points ;) Miles is looking at this from a perspective much more in line with the casual fan / prospective new fan, however. Hopefully it leads to the buzz and new attendance and ratings that would fund the other improvements you seek, based on your "more traditional" perspectives.
      • There is no new perspective
        Inept leadership at the speedway...that's nothing new. You can preach about some new perspective all you want BUT the truth is the perception of this sport is fans can do without it. PERIOD. I can run a 10 page laundry list of the things IMS has ALREADY tried and has struck out miserably. There is no magic panacea of "perspective" that Mark Miles has up his sleeve that's gonna un-sink this dreck. In fact (again) the IRL Indycar series is stuck with these ugly pieces of garbage race car that it's own mother, DALLARA, has refused to make bodykits for it. Yep, change the perspective on that...you are stuck until 2016 as that's the next opportunity to built a new uglomobile. Folks want competition back, not spec ugly scootering 3/4 open wheel junk. They want sleek sexy race machines with V8's or screaming turbo 4's. Not these junk V6's. Please, would someone please admit the ICONIC product is un-sellable. Randy Bernard knew this, Zak Brown knows this. EVERYONE knows this EXCEPT the peddlers of this travesty. There is no perspective on earth that can change that perception. Never.
      • Improving The Sport We Love
        T, embracing core strengths is the most important thing. That drew generations of fans for ten decades. Millennials are not that different from their ancestors (other than having not much of a work ethic or income and choosing to sponge off their parents until they are 30 or so). I would also prefer they don't turn IMS into some sort of garish cathouse when all they really need to do is clean it up. It should always be treated like the racing temple it is. When I refer to core strengths I do not mean road racing. If they believe road racing is a core strength that will enhance what is actually at the core, then they deserve to fail because from a statistical standpoint they will anyway. Sometimes I believe the owners and management of IMS/IndyCar are as ignorant about running a racing series as you are about moderating a fan forum. It is probably not something that can be easily changed but those of us who have remained actual fans through thick and thin remain perpetually optimistic.
      • The Racing Capital of the World?
        That is what Indianapolis should be. OK, I'm not big on the road show at Indy in May, but it might be worth a shot. HOWEVER.... Indy racing does need to get the open competition smaller team back into the equation. Get an open engine formula going for Indy, Fontana, Texas. What about getting the Porsche 6 cyl from the Cayenne? How about the Ford eco-boost 6? Encourage some outsiders to enter with a program like this so the series isn't locked in to 34 engines supplied by Chevda. Get Dallara with the program of finding some areas that teams can tweak. Get 230 mph back on the plate. If there are a couple of races a year where these "special" equivalencies apply, it becomes a niche for the gentleman racer or the grand am types to enter and strut their stuff. Oh, and by the way do clean up the restrooms and grounds and do some repaving around the museum etc. Indianapolis should be the Jewel of all raceways!
      • My 2 cents
        I've been to the 500 numerous times over the years, but not much recently. When I was little, I remember using my dad's binoculars to watch the parties in the packed infield. Not to discount the cars and drivers, but let's be honest, the 500 used to be as much about the party atmosphere as the race. When they kicked everyone out and put in the golf course, they shot themselves in the foot, so to speak. You just lost the revenue stream, but also those "partiers" starting to watch the race at some point and becoming your tickets buyers on the outside of the track years later when they have kids. Look at the Kentucky Derby now and in the past, tons of casual fans that know nothing about racing, partying for hours in the infield. It becomes a tradition over time for them, and they eventually are buying seats in the stands years later. It's sort of like when Las Vegas went "family friendly" and it bombed and they quickly went back to "sin city" and did well again. And the month of May used to be as much about the start of summer and getting out of the office to have a few beers at the track. I go every year for practice, but the more sterile environment has killed the crowds. Throw in the spec series cars running the same speeds from 1994 and you have a yawn fest(and yes, the cars are ugly and don't look like open wheel cars). We often joke, "Wow, 217 mph, again!" when watching practice, as if that were fast for a race car (last night on Top Gear street cars were running 165 in less than ideal conditions). My advice would be to bring back the party (and not the "pay $20 extra dollars for a DJ in turn 4" for the 20 year olds), I'm talking cars in the infield, coolers full of Busch Light and the occasional burning couch. Turn up the speed on the cars somehow. Get away from the spec series (yeah, I know, takes $$$ and companies interested). Try some new races at the track to build revenue (the Kentucky Derby is huge and it runs hundreds, if not thousands of other races each year without ruining the "tradition.") And please, please, replace the current Marketing team. They barely know how to market in 2013. Most of my coworkers had no idea about the Moto GP, and we work in the heart of Indy. Guessing Bernie E. said the same thing about the F1 race. And while you are at it, come up with some radical aero package that finally lets the Nascar driver's pass.
        • The truth
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        • Another Negative Change
          I remember the excitement of the month of May with two weekends of qualifications. That's back when everyplace had "Welcome Race Fans" outside everywhere. Few such welcoming signs anymore, and the excitement's not there. Wait until the entire, one weekend gets rained out. Do they think people are going to travel to Indy twice in one month for a different kind of race? The month should be all about the 500 and not diminished anymore with a different race. Bring back two weeks of qualifications. How 'bout some marketing and new pavement outside the museum? Some planters that say "We care." I somehow found out about the vintage cars on opening day 2013, but it was not well advertised. There were not banners around the Circle and downtown, Broad Ripple, etc.
        • Advertising and Marketing Problems
          Casual Fan is right. I live here and saw and heard little about the Moto GP, which is hot and glamorous. Downtown the night before was incredible. No banners on the Circle or around town and no welcome signs for the fans.
        • Marketing
          What marketing? 500 needs publicity and an announcer who brings that old time excitement back - not a merely an adequate broadcast. It's not easy to be boring during the greatest of all sporting events. ZZZzzz
        • what?
          worst idea ever...more ovals for sure. they should have one weekend of traditional qualifying and one weekend of racing - triple 125's or something similar. those winners get the front row spots. now that would be exciting! keep the ticket prices low and get some people in the stands!
        • Casual Fan Is Right
          You want crowds? Go to Bloomington, In. on a Friday night before a football game. It is a party. That is why they come. That is the way it was in Indianapolis in May. Drop practice and qualification admission fees and watch the crowds come back. Oh, I almost forgot, fans want to hear "Its a new track record!"
        • WOW Really
          I am all for new things but please don't put something in front of the Indy 500. You want a road course race, fine, have it another month, June, September, maybe even April but not the same month. Bringing back 2 weekends of qualifications will help tremendously. We have several friends who love to come, but that only one weekend cramps their family needs. This would also allow more marketing/advertising. Business and Bars would probably take the time to "welcome" indy race fans but only a few days, not worth the time or trouble. I hope you truly rethink having something else take place other than the 500 in May.
        • Go back to old days!
          Go back to the 2 weeks of qualifications and bring on the in-field parties again-ha.
        • The Dipsicle of Indyscar
          forgot to give the magic attendance abacus that turns a few thousand into hundreds of thousands to Miles
        • @avidfan
          Toney messed that up 17 years ago. Yoy have a whole series in front of the 500 now.
        • Won't work
          Nothing Miles or anybody else can do to "save" anything. The Indy 500 is now a one-day, annual, traditional event of lesser magnitude and importance than just about any time in the history of the event. Everyone involved should take note the "Month of May" is history. In fact, I think the "500" itself is in serious jeopardy now that we have another guy who does not know 3what he is doing with what he has. Call it for what it is: Practice Monday through Wednesday, qualify on Thursday, "Carb Day" festivities on Friday, Parade on Saturday, race on Sunday. banquet on Monday. Teams are in Indy for a 7-10 period, total. Nothing else works anymore. People just do not care. The Week of May is the new order. If that. Honestly, I think the Indy 500 goes away in a decade or less. Automobile Racing has had its day in this country as a major sport. It could go away altogether tomorrow and hardly anybody would care unless they draw a paycheck from the sport.
        • Finally, An Actual Adult Racing Fan Prepares to Opine
          What is it about all things IndyCar in the comment sections of Anthony's blogs that attracts rabidly obsessed but largely ignorant, hostile children every single time? Why do they feel compelled to drag the conversations down to contaminated levels? Anyone could write a script for the same nonsense, merit-deprived talking 'points' continuously trotted forth. The factually incorrect nonsense does a disservice to actual fans with the ability to think. What we usually have to wade through are childishly naïve vulgarities positioned as facts, mostly from those who hold up a small period in the early 90s as their favorite even though many were not yet born. Talk of 'ugly cars' is entirely subjective. Never mind they have provided great racing. Many would be happy if the air scoop went away in favor of a roll hoop. Whatever. Does that mean they hate F-1 too? No hypocrisy there. Brian Barnhart? The devil. LOL. Blaming the Dallara for a few driver deaths or injuries? Wonder if the kids are aware that during that eight year period 43 racing drivers lost their lives racing in cars other than Dallaras? Did not think so. I thought one of the first things Mark Miles did upon taking office was apologize to the kids who felt they needed one. Selective memory I guess. Ratings down? Heck yes. That is mostly due to the state of television and the way it gets delivered now, but that reality is way too obtuse for those plagued by simple thought. IMS spending $900 million? Still no accounting from the Internet experts of revenue and expenses. I know, it is beyond their mental grasp. That rarely stops them from spouting off. Inept leadership at the Speedway? Are we not used to that by now? Every owner the place had could be lumped into that boat. Before Tony Hulman came along the previous owners just walked away. Tony George evil? Well of course he is to children with no grasp of actual history. 500 not what it used to be? I am curious as to what that means. I have gone every year but three since 1961 and every single time I jostle with, literally, hundreds of thousands of fans trying to enter then exit. Leave it to IMS to screw even that up this past year. Carb Day is not what it used to be either. These days the second biggest crowd of the year shows up. In wading through the foolishness of the mischievous kiddies a few great points are buried, including: Open the specs to encourage wider participation. The economy might support that now. Speed them up? Great. Make the track a showplace again? Absolutely. Let the kids party? Why not. Micromanaging that seems contrived. Coherent marketing? What a concept. More inspired television, radio and PA coverage? A Tom Carnegie or a Sid Collins does not come along every generation. Two weeks of time trials? To me that is a no-brainer, especially if more than 34 cars try to get in. My advice? Try to enjoy it as I did last weekend in Baltimore and will again at Fontana. You watch every second anyway.
        • We're used to it and it will not suffice any longer
          So, we (AOW fans) have to accept the fact the owners of AOW are moronic idiots and we should just take what they feed us regardless of it's quality. Why? Because (as you claim) you are a thinking adult? YOU are equally complacent along with the destroyers of AOW sport for the low tv ratings, the falling attendances and the utter rubbish the IRL Indycars series parades about as race cars. You wanna watch that wretched trash race then have at it. You want them to further devalue the 500 and May with a road course, don't you? I see Bob Rahal is all for it. He says they need the cash so it's no big deal adding another race to Indy because it's already been done....not a big deal anymore. So you goofy adult, you want Indy destroyed. I strongly support this road course race because it will hurt the 500. It could be DEATHBLOW 2014! Woooot!
        • Why Waste My Time?
          You kids have been screeching 'death this' and 'doom that' for eighteen years. Each year the sun continues rising, and IndyCars keep rolling. There are a lot of things I would like to see change, but they do anyway every few years. Unlike those who lack the maturity to behave like actual fans I continue spending money, attending races, watching on television and supporting sponsors. Why? Because the sport has always been great despite borderline pirates who have actively tried (and sometimes succeeding) in killing parts of it for nearly 40 years. Keep screaming irrationally. The Internet needs fools.
        • Casual fan is right on
          Casual fan nailed it-each of those changes has contributed to the decline of the excitement of going to the race. I too was one of those fans who went to the track for practice and a few cold ones when it truly was a "month of May" event. You'd sit in traffic on a Thursday trying to get in! Collapsing all of the festivities in to one week and squishing carb day to Friday has made it appear to the outside world that its just not that big of a deal. I realize nowadays there are other races in May before Indy but couldn't we schedule those another time? I'd be fine with a night race and that would be great for nascar (although the old IRP was better suited for stock cars). I'm not even getting into the car engine thing here bc we all know what a travesty is has been with no passing or excitement on the track. And don't even get me started on that lame "Snake Pit" midway - what a joke. Stop with the gimmicks and get back to basics!!!
        • your Tax Dollars at Work
          Doug "Save our Track" Boles has revealed that IMS will tear up the ROAD COURSE at IMS to repave and add some modifications in the next 10 days. How awesome is this!!!! Amenities for the owners apparently! All from the $100 MILLION tax payer JACKPOT! Woot! Party on Garth...
          • The IRL
            making new traditions at Indy ever day
          • Suggestions from long-time fan
            Here are my thoughts on changes for the 500 from yes, an admittedly biased perspective: Incidentally, by way of reference, I have attended every "500" since 1956, except for the 1958 race. 1. First off, there is likely no greater 1/2 minute of excitement in all sports than the start of the Indy 500. Having said, we have lost some of the luster of the start due to the very positive changes that have been made in the safety of the cars. This essentially has changed the start from the old days similar to a high wire act having no net below them, to having a high wire act with an appreciable net (the greater safety of current cars vs the 60's/70's etc.). In order to bring back this extra excitement and still maintain the safety, I would propose that the race start begin with the speed limited to 90mph as the first row comes to the starting line as the final pace lap is completed. With the "green" controlled by the track lights and the dashboard lights of the racecars, the start couldn't begin until the electronic "greens" (not the flag) are flashed at the starting line, assuming all rows are in order. The rows could even be tightened up much more than we see today, and if someone does get out of line at the start, the limited speed of 90mph would likely minimize any significant collateral damage. Just a thought to increase the start's excitement. 2. For qualifications, I would propose very few if any limitations on racecars, replete with any/all wing setups and any other adjustments that help the cars to be able to make a run at Ari's qualification record. However, that's just for qualifications, which I would argue should have a totally different venue than the race. Fans will come if the qualification records are at stake. 3. For the race itself, I would eliminate most if not all ground effects apparatus (wings/tunnels etc.), so that the drivers would definitely have to lift when entering the turns. I think this would increase the focus on driver talent (and less so on the car's attributes). The premise is that today there is not as much emphasis on driver skill as in the "old days" (yeah, I am old, but I do remember/appreciate the skills of Foyt, the Unsers, Rutherford, Ward, Mario, Mears, Vukovich, McGrath, etc.) so having an increased emphasis on the driver vs the car would not only differentiate the truly greats from the greats, but it should very likely engender more fan excitement/interest as well. While the race records would be much less than today, the competition would offset the lack of records for the race itself. Not that the race records themselves are an issue, it took us to 2013 to break Ari's race record, and the race itself is still well attended.
          • Hay Mike
            You realize the Indy road course event is not because the 500 stinks, don't you? The series can't find tracks to run on they will pay them enough $$$$ so Indy roAd course is cheapest so they can accept $0 sanction fees and prop up schedule and the Month of May at the same time. The Fort Lauderdale race is off because Mike Andretti is too greedy and Indycar wants a huge sanction fee. IMS wants CART level pricing, though the product they have is slow, ugly and un-marketable. IMS has priced the Indycar series out of the market at most tracks. And, at oval tracks they started having races for $0 sanction fees and they have cut the bottom out of the market which has equated to slitting their own throats. This is a win-win for fans and haters alike. With a destroyed domestic market, only international waters and IMS owned properties will suffice for suitable tracks any more. Keep pricing yourself out of the sports. Mark Miles, you are doing a fantastic job devaluing the AOW properties.
            • Indy
              Hey Chief, c'mon, how about some positive input, less criticism, and less conspiracy concepts? You'll gain more support for your ideas if you occasionally provide what can work vs what you think won't.
            • Ideas abound
              Mike...I've offered more positive input than you could possibly imagine. For over 20 years..., and I've been a fan of AOW since the early sixties. IMS has ALWAYS done what is best for itself, NOT what is good for the sport and it's fans. IF there was some way to paint this picture without truth and absolute facts believe me I'd have nothing to talk about. There isn't. Folks don't watch this crap on TV...there's got to be a reason. I say it's the UGLY hideous cars (and that's supported by 99.99999% of the media, owners, promoters, and the remaining fans). Yet, they don't change it. You see Mike, that would work. Just change it because it ain't working. Why can't they see it? For 20 years it all falls on the deaf dumb and blind at 16th and Jonestown. All that's left is sarcasm and humiliation...all driven by their own stupid moves. It all just writes itself. Seriously. And that's as positive as I can be with this dreck.
            • There going to have to run 5
              times at INDY what with the cancellations and non-starters
            • Ghastly Ugly Car Killing Series
              Why are fans turning away from this series? Why are more and more tracks refusing to pay the Indycar series sanction fees? There are no tv ratings...no more Hartmoor Water Polio sponsors. Here's the reason....the car is an ICONIC BLUNDER. It's slow and ugly. It needs to be shredded and sent to the glue factory...again. Too bad the nimble folks at IMS have no clue. Frankly I must say this is awesome! Keep up the great work Mark Miles. I never thought IRL evolution could be this sucky, but it is. E V O L U T I O N. Bwahahahaha! HaY Indyman...another truth, international racing because IMS IRL killed the domestic marketplace....again. I warned you about this years ago when youse was at 20 track you was tossed out of. Ha ha.
            • Keep Watching
              I have my Fontana tickets in hand...can't wait for October!
            • Oktober?
              2014? Season's been over for about 4 months man. You've been duped (again).
            • Dipsicle
              How is that title sponsor activation thingy going? How much does IMS pay to use the Izod name.
            • 350% ROI
              Mike Kelley was relieved of his duties because of that claim. Why isn't there an Izod girl in victory lane any more? No more race to the party....no nothing. What a waste.
            • You missed one
              Where's the trophy girl and the race to the party? They over at the PGA now, cause that's where PVH's focus is now...
            • HaY Chubby...the Dead Zone?
              Thanks for making my point. The Dead Zone is the blank 3 or 4 week blocks of time between IZOD Indycar races, and Dipsicle's blog has a post by him named the Dead Zone where he talks about it...just like I did here. Hard to believe IZOD is paying $15M to have nothing happen in the Indycar series. Bwahahhahahaha...only in the IRL, only in the IRL!
            • They're not
              paying anything
            • Izodless IndyFarce Series
              When I was at the Chicagoland NASCAR race this past weekend, word was already going around that NAPA was leaving MWR. When I mentioned that would be a good title sponsor for the IndyFarce Series, a NASCAR PR guy told me "that series is not going to be here in a couple of years." Berry, Berry intrasting. Also, word I heard, $1 Million tops for a title name. Wow. Disciple? How is "sponsor-spend" going for this clearly dying series?
            • Defender says...
              Do everything that Tony George did while he had control and far more money. Huh - didn't that all fail already? Maybe you are not as far out of the box as you think.
            • Miles is Right - But Way to Late
              What Miles is proposing should have happened years ago. Too late - no one cares anylonger. The brand is dead and the only salvation is for H/G to walk away from the sport altogether.
            • 2 Weeks of Qly
              How is going back to 2 weeks of qualifying going to work? Sales won't budge because it will bring in few more people. All the while IMS has to still pay to staff? How the heck does that work for IMS? It's another money loser. But it works for some of you who cannot let go of the past (Defender) and would not know the first thing about running a business.
            • If you Don't have the Customers
              You cannot support the product... Tony George - All Oval Version = Failed Tony George - Oval/Road Races = Failed Tony George - CCWS/IRL Intergration = Failed Tony George - Fired The numbers still go down. Something needs to change. If it's at the expense of tradition and a few know-it-all so called fans who propose to know more because they "know" history then the rest of it, I am all for it. Go Miles!
            • Chief
              You don't want a road race in May? Frankly I think they should rip the whole thing up - make some elevation changes and get F1 back. Sure was nice paying &85.00 per race day ticket and not having to go to Texas!

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            3. There is a simple reason why WISH is not reporting on this story. LIN has others stations in different markets that are affiliated with CBS. Reporting about CBS blindsiding WISH/LIN due to CBS's greed and bullying tatics would risk any future negoations LIN will have with CBS in other markets.

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            5. How did Columbus, Ohio pull off a car share service without a single dollar of public subsidies? They must not have a mayor who is on the take like Indianapolis. Daimler Benz offers Columbus residents their Smart Cars on a market-driven basis: "This has some neat features. Cars don’t have to be picked up and dropped off at fixed points. You find one with your smart phone based on GPS, and drop it off anywhere in the service area you can find a spot – even at a meter. These cars aren’t required to feed the meter so you get free on street parking while using them. I was told this system was put in place on a market basis without subsidies – and that the vendor actually pays the city for the use of the meters." http://www.urbanophile.com/2014/05/26/checking-in-on-columbus/

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