The IndyCar organization has an ambitious goal for 2013. Officials are hoping to have a race calendar that consists of 19 races. This would be a large increase over the current schedule of just 15 races. CEO Randy Bernard believes that the increase is necessary for the future of IndyCar. Previously, the organization has held up to 24 races, and it seems that organizers were happiest with the outcome when there were more races than there currently are. There are multiple reasons why this may be helpful for IndyCar. With more races, perhaps there would be more companies and corporations willing to take on the role of sponsor in one way or another. There may be new fans if the races are held at new venues.
IndyCar's contract with IZOD requires the organization to have at least 16 races each season. In 2012, the sponsor agreed with the organization that there should only be 15 races out of safety concerns. Originally, the contractual obligation had been satisfied, but just two months before the scheduled race in Qingdao, China, the race was cancelled. IndyCar officials received the news in June and were unable to find a replacement race in time. Though there were tracks that were interested in hosting the event, there would not have been enough time to properly promote the race and some of the interested tracks may not have been safe enough. With IndyCar shying away from certain oval tracks, some of the prior venues will not work.
It would be great to see an expanded calendar for the organization. However, if there is an expanded schedule, I would not want to see a repeat of this season with a few teams lagging significantly behind all of the other teams. The expanded schedule would likely help keep the sponsors that may have been questioning the viability of the organization. If the IndyCar organization can manage to successfully complete a season with 19 races, I would think that the organization might be able to continue instead of folding as other similar organizations have. It will certainly be interesting to see which new venues the organization will end up visiting. Hopefully, IndyCar can meet this ambitious goal.
Kristin Watt has been a fan of motorsports since she was a young girl and she watched NASCAR races with her mother. That love of NASCAR quickly evolved into a great enjoyment of many different motorsports including everything from local dirt track action to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans to the adrenaline rush of the extreme motocross events. She has been following motorsports for many years.
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