Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2012 Brickyard 400: Grand-Am Series and NASCAR both on the road course? Not Exactly, But…

Welcome readers, after last season’s Brickyard 400 that let’s be honest was an ok race that also had low attendance (keep in mind, that’s low attendance for Indy, not for a track such as Homestead mind you), I began to think about the future of the Brickyard 400.

Since I don’t want to see NASCAR leave the Brickyard, something else needed to change and after that race I thought that maybe the Cup Series should race on the infield road course instead of the oval.

Well that idea went nowhere as the chase was on the horizon.

But fast forward to today as SPEED.com’s Robin Miller reported that the GRAND-AM Rolex Series will be racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012 on the Brickyard 400 race weekend either on Friday or Saturday for a three-hour race on the infield road course. Now at this moment, this is only a report (rumor/speculation) and nothing is official.

But think about it for a moment, the Grand-Am Series possible coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to run a three-hour race on the infield road course on the Brickyard 400 race weekend is actually just what many NASCAR fans including me have been looking for and it’s a possible way to make the Brickyard 400 more exciting for the fans.

Can you imagine a better way for NASCAR to change the Brickyard 400 than having a Brickyard road course doubleheader?

The way I see it is the Grand-Am Series would race on Saturday in a three-hour endurance race and then on Sunday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would take center stage and run the Brickyard 400 on the infield road course as well.

Keep in mind of three key points:
1. NASCAR running on the infield road course would make for a completely different race.

2. It would please some NASCAR fans including me who believe that there needs to be a third road course on the Cup Series schedule. And if possible one in the Chase itself…

3. Making the Brickyard 400 a road course race would add that three road course the schedule, BUT more importantly it wouldn’t add to another Cup date to the already heavy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

Amazingly enough, this entire concept isn’t an overblown idea and NASCAR should really consider it. Beside, it might boost ticket sales.

So can you imagine, finally the NASCAR Cup Series schedule might have three road courses in three different parts of the United States with one in Sonoma, one in Watkins Glen and one at the Brickyard, wow that has a good ring to it.

What does everybody think, should the Brickyard 400 be a road course race? Would fans support a third road course race?