Pocono CEO Idalsky Gives It A "50-50" To Indycar Returning Next Year
Pocono Raceway hosted IndyCar for the first time in 24 years in 2013. At the end of the three-year contract, CEO Brandon Idalsky hopes to figure out if the numbers stand well to allow another season. After a pretty successful first year of contract, ticket sales were not as great for the last two years.
IndyCar has struggled to become a commercial success for years, and still is. This year, the race was moved to August instead of the weekend of the 4th of July as in previous years. ''We had a lot of people early that decided they wanted to come. Why that didn't continue and grow, I don't know,'' Igdalsky said on Saturday.
IndyCar series will not return to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California in 2016. This is a move that definitively shrivels the presence of IndyCar on oval tracks. There are dates for Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and a downtown Boston street race.
Out of the 16-race schedule for this year, IndyCar has only six of them, with Milwaukee and Pocono in danger of disappearing as well since it has been hard for the series to overcome poor attendance.
In regard to this situation, Igdalsky expressed, ''I don't know why the fans don't come. I wish it would be better. It's a great series. Fans just don't get it yet.'' He also suggested that there is a 50/50 chance that it will return next year.
During an interview with Paul Page and Mark Jaynes from IMS Radio on Saturday, Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., parent of IndyCar, did not make mention of Pocono as a venue, at least not specifically. He did expand on Fontana, “Fontana is a difficult situation. We think it’s a great track. But the one that we couldn’t collectively get over is that they would like to be the finale.”