According to Terry Angstadt, the President of the commercial division of the IRL, there is still a very real possibility of Australia being added to the just released 09′ schedule. If it were to happen, It would just about have to be inserted into the two week layoff between Motegi and Homestead. If it were to be added it would bring the 2009 schedule to 19 races, 10 ovals and 9 road/street.
Archive for July, 2008
This week on the show Cavin & Kevin will debate the AGR meltdown and recap the race in Edmonton. They will break down the recently released 09′ schedule with Terry Angstadt, the President of the commercial division of the IRL. And will talk with the owner of HVM racing, Keith Wiggins. The show can be heard live on 1070thefan.com Wednesday July 23 from 7-9pm eastern time. Calls are always welcome at (317-239-1070).
Well, the schedule is out, and there really aren’t many suprises. The schedule looks very similar to the 08′ season, with a few changes. Australia did not get a date, making just 3 races that are former champcar that made the switch. Indycar Officials did a solid job of keeping the road/street and ovals bunched together, as they did the location of events, which should keep the cost down a bit. Enough with the mumbo jumbo, here is what we have all been waiting for:
- Sunday, April 5 Streets of St. Petersburg
- Sunday, April 19 Streets of Long Beach
- Sunday, April 26 Kansas Speedway
- Sunday, May 24 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Sunday, June 31 The Milwaukee Mile
- Saturday, June 6 Texas Motor Speedway
- Sunday, June 21 Iowa Speedway
- Saturday, June 27 Richmond International Raceway
- Sunday, July 5 Watkins Glen International
- Sunday, July 12 Streets of Toronto
- Sunday, July 26 Edmonton City Centre Airport
- Saturday, August 1 Kentucky Speedway
- Sunday, August 9 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
- Sunday, August 23 Infineon Raceyway
- Saturday, August 29 Chicagoland Speedway
- Sunday, September 6 The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
- Saturday, September 19 Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
- Sunday, October 11 Hometead-Miami Speedway
Don’t like all of the road/street courses? You can sign the petition!!
Curt Cavin has an article up that reports Homestead-Miami Speedway has found its way back onto the IRL schedule, not as the opening race as it has been the last couple years, but to wrap the season up on October 11th. The season will open at St. Pete on April 5th and the 500 will be raced May 24th.
With so manypositive divelopments for the IRL in the last 6 months, this could be the worst news in some 6 years. According to Sports Buisness Journal, ESPN and its family of networks is losing money airing Indycar events and they just want the 500. Same can be said for FOX, who is also interested in just the rights for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. SBJ says that Versus is interested in showing some of the smaller events, but thats it. With some slightly more positive but old news, SBJ reports that Kodak and Subway are both interested in the title sponsorship for the IRL, but with some newer news they also say that William Rast (Townsend Bell’s Sponsor) as well as a few soft drink companies are also interested in title sponsorship.
According to SI, AGR owners Michael Andretti, Kim Green and Kevin Savoree as well as there four drivers, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Hideki Mutoh and Marco Andretti were the only ones present in a closed door meeting. After several incidents this year including the infoumous Andretti/Kanaan clashing at the 500, and the most recent being the Andretti/Patrick contact in edmonton Michael Andretti said “We just didn’t perform as a team, and we want to make sure everybody is working together, I’m most upset about our results. We weren’t good all weekend and we have to work together more. We have to get it back on track again”. After Kanaan was asked for comment by SI he reportedly flipped saying “I’m not going to talk about it. That’s our personal stuff and it’s nobody else’s business.”"You can ask but I’m not going to talk.”
Sadly The 1935 Indianapolis 500 winning mechanic, Jimmy Dunham passed awayFriday in a Caliifornia assisted living home. He was the riding mechanic for Kelly Petillo in his 35′ win. This is a MUST read!!
No, it’s not deja vu! Believe it or not Dixon has won once again. After starting 4th, a wreck in practice, and never seeing the track before, some thought this would be just the fourth time this year that Dixon would find himself off podium. Butt Scott had a little something to say about that. Flying under the radar most of the race, the #9 Target Chip Ganassi team found there way to the front leading Helio Castroneves and Justin Wilson to the line.