FENWICK: Spinning Wheels
A new tradition may begin Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be run at the historic facility’s newly revamped road course.
For us, the addition of a road course race for the Verizon IndyCar Series at IMS seems like the perfect evolution for both Indy car racing as a sport and for the series.
Instead of going to IMS in the month of May for one Verizon IndyCar Series race, fans now get two. That’s twice as much racing as most are used to, which seems appropriate given so many people are trying to make their dollars go as far as possible these days.
However, the minute the race was announced last fall, many people began crying foul. “Why dilute the month of May at IMS by adding a road course race?” was one question, while others asked, “What happened to tradition?”
Tradition is all well and good — the Indianapolis 500 is in its 98th year — but that doesn’t mean new traditions can’t be created as well. The addition of a road course race at IMS is a natural fit for the Verizon IndyCar Series, which has been moving away from oval racing in favor of more road and street courses.
While we believe the series needs more ovals, a road course race at IMS just screams perfection. What’s better than one Verizon IndyCar Series race at IMS? Two, of course.
So to those who don’t like the idea of a road course race at IMS during the month of May, we say, too bad. This race is going to happen and there isn’t anything that can be done about it at this point. And we encourage naysayers to give it a try. This race may produce a welcome surprise.