Re: IRL & Champ Cars unite
I guess it's just politics (with a tiny bit of economics thrown in).
If you merge two series, that means there is going to be an excess number of races and some of them will have to go.
It's easy for Americans to cancel Canadian events, because, hey we really don't matter.
It would be harder to cancel a really successful race, but the has been a drop in attendance over the past couple of years, due in part to having troubles finding a single sponsor with deep enough pockets for proper advertising.
I also think that the marketing people took the wrong approach with the festivities around the race. They made it less about the cars and the race and more about other unrelated stuff.
The city planning department didn't help either. It has been allowing three or four major festivals to take place on the same weekend as the race over the past few years, which is a completely stupid move. (I should explain that when we have events going on in the summer months, they tend to be held -- to a large degree -- outside. The city closes off streets, people set up tents, etc. It makes getting around the city miserable. If that isn't bad enough one of the events that the city has allowed on Indy weekend has been a marathon or charity run through the downtown streets, which means even more roads are closed off and access to the Indy venue is made even more impossible, especially for tourists coming in from out of town. As I said, completely idiotic.)
Last edited by Toronto Spider; 26-02-08 at 16:44.