Is ISC about to say goodbye to IndyCar?

If you are an IndyCar fan and you attend races at Watkins Glen, Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway you may not be seeing the series at those venues in the very near future.  Rumblings are that as soon as current contracts with IndyCar run out, they are gone.

This is very interesting as former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Joie Chitwood now works for ISC and most thought he was onboard to forge a better relationship with IndyCar.  That theory is about to go out the window.

While ISC is seemingly cutting its ties to IndyCar, SMI under head man Bruton Smith seems to be increasing his.  Just announced a race next year at one mile New Hampshire Speedway.  Already there are races at Smith’s Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Infineon Speedway. Could an alliance with SMI bring IndyCar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway? Anything is possible.

Let’s be honest, tying your survival to one promoter/track owner is not a good thing.  Suddenly your entire existence is in the hands of at worst a benevolent dictator. (Can you say Nascar?)

Could an almost exclusive relations with Speedway Motorsports lead to a takeover of IndyCar by Bruton Smith? Considering Smith’s penchant for flash, it is a possibility.

What does all this mean?  I think it could spell disaster for the struggling IndyCar series.

SMI’s bread and butter is Nascar and they need to focus their attention on getting butts in the seats at those events not an IndyCar series whose appeal has waned for the last decade. At some point, that fact would come home to SMI and then they might also dump IndyCar. That could be a fatal blow for the series.

Just like if you invest in the stock market, a diversified portfolio of tracks and promoters is the soundest decision to be made.  Let’s hope Randy Bernard and the brain trust with IndyCar don’t get blinded by the flash of the short term instead of a solid investment in slow and upward growth.

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