Monday, May 2, 2011
IndyCar Series travels risky road abroad
By Eddie Gossage
If a tree falls in the forest ...
And if you hold an IndyCar race in Brazil, does that move the needle for IndyCar racing as a whole? In other words, should IndyCar racing be traveling to Brazil? For that matter, should the series ever leave the U.S.?
These are big and important questions for the sport. And it's one that has sparked class warfare in the sport for decades. While the proponents for international racing have won - as witnessed by the inclusion of IndyCar races on the schedule in Brazil, Japan, England, Mexico, Australia, etc., over the years - the question is whether the international events have contributed to the sport's decline in popularity here in America. If so, who has won what?
It should be noted that IndyCar racing continues to aggressively pursue international events, including one in China. To its credit, Brazil has paid off in some sponsorship opportunities for the sport and China is, of course, economically important.
But back to the question haunting IndyCar racing: Do international events cost the sport in the U.S.?
IndyCar racing seems to be enjoying an increased relevance in America, albeit slight.
But did you know that the IndyCars were scheduled to race this past Sunday on a temporary street circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil?