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Forum: The BoxOct. 2, 2023 at 11:33 a.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Bobcat205</b></div><div>I've had this "dream IndyCar schedule" doc in my drive for years that i've been continuously updating, i intended for it to be somewhat short but the amount of stuff i want to see spiraled into the schedule being <em>thirty races long.</em> Oops.

Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Street Course)
Round 2: SiriusXM 300 (Homestead-Miami Speedway)
Round 3: Indy Grand Prix of North Carolina (Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval)
Round 4: Truist Bank 250 (Richmond Raceway)
Round 5: Firestone Indy 300 (Nashville Superspeedway)
Round 6: Music City Grand Prix (Nashville Street Course)
Round 7: Quaker State Indy 300 (Kentucky Speedway)
Round 8: Kroger 200 (Indianapolis Raceway Park)
Round 9: Gallagher Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC)
Round 10: Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Round 11: BorgWarner-Delphi Indy 300 (Chicagoland Speedway)
Round 12: Firestone Indy 400 (Michigan International Speedway)
Round 13: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (Detroit Street Course)
Round 14: Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America (Road America)
Round 15: HyVee Salute to Farmers 300 (Iowa Speedway)
Round 16: Honda Indy 200 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)
Round 17: Wisconsin 250 (Milwaukee Mile)
Round 18: Cheez-It Indy At The Glen (Watkins Glen International)
Round 19: ABC Supply 500 (Pocono Raceway)
Round 20: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (Gateway Motorsports Park)
Round 21: Charter Communications 300 (Kansas Speedway)
Round 22: Honda Grand Prix of Alabama (Barber Motorsports Park)
Round 23: Indy Grand Prix of Dallas (Circuit of the Americas)
Round 24: Bombardier Learjet Indy 500K (Texas Motor Speedway)
Round 25: Indy Grand Prix of Mexico City (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez)
Round 26: Desert Diamond Indy 300 (Phoenix Raceway)
Round 27: Indy Grand Prix of Portland (Portland International Raceway)
Round 28: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sonoma Raceway)
Round 29: Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca Raceway)
Finale: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach Street Course)

Much more national, and it makes some semblance of sense on a map. Starting in mid-March in Florida, and ending in the fall in California.</div></div>

To kinda expound on why some tracks were left out, and ideas that i had about the races that are already on the schedule (since my dad and i had a long conversation about this last night):

- The Detroit street race after MIS will alternate year-to-year from the actual city itself and the street course in Belle Isle. Let's just say, for the sake of putting it on a calendar, odd years, starting with 2025 get the race at Belle Isle, while even years, starting next season, get Detroit.

- Speaking of MIS, I had the idea of turning the Michigan race into our version of throwback weekend, a la the Southern 500. It makes some semblance of sense: MIS was where CART tried to make their version of the Indy 500, so it has some history. I just want to see the old cars, from the Lightning Bolt CGR cars/Marlboro Penske cars to the Miller Genuine Draft car that Bobby Rahal used to drive being fielded for Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan. Man, that car was <em>gorgeous...</em>

- Dad argued that after Mid-Ohio, the series should go to Burke airport in Cleveland. In my mind when i was setting this up, i thought of it as a "one or the other" thing: we either go to Mid-Ohio, or we go to Cleveland. The season was long enough anyway.

- New Hampshire was a track that my dad argued for after the Watkins Glen race. The problem was that i didn't want to risk the NHMS race being just as bad as it was in 2011. Yes, it was the race that gave us Will Power flipping the double-bird, but other than that, the race was a disaster. Most of that was because of the rain, but still, it's not worth the risk.

- I had completely forgotten about a race in Canada, but by the time i realized it was missing, the season was too long. I'd send them to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park instead of the Toronto street course, since I prefer purpose-built courses. It's less of a logistical headache for the city.

- Pikes Peak International Raceway is still being used, so if Portland International Raceway ends up being somewhat disappointing, then just put PPIR there. The more ovals, the better.
Forum: The BoxSep. 26, 2023 at 8:56 a.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NoVaSpartan</b></div><div>Don't think they'd be able to justify a non-indy race or event in the month of may but the other dates would have been perfectly fine, i agree. The map of where races are occurring is also disappointing to see, barely branching out from a straight line north-south of Indy and a couple races on the west coast. I'd have hoped they would find places to go that would make it more national and more interesting.</div></div>

I've had this "dream IndyCar schedule" doc in my drive for years that i've been continuously updating, i intended for it to be somewhat short but the amount of stuff i want to see spiraled into the schedule being <em>thirty races long.</em> Oops.

Round 1: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Street Course)
Round 2: SiriusXM 300 (Homestead-Miami Speedway)
Round 3: Indy Grand Prix of North Carolina (Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval)
Round 4: Truist Bank 250 (Richmond Raceway)
Round 5: Firestone Indy 300 (Nashville Superspeedway)
Round 6: Music City Grand Prix (Nashville Street Course)
Round 7: Quaker State Indy 300 (Kentucky Speedway)
Round 8: Kroger 200 (Indianapolis Raceway Park)
Round 9: Gallagher Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC)
Round 10: Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Round 11: BorgWarner-Delphi Indy 300 (Chicagoland Speedway)
Round 12: Firestone Indy 400 (Michigan International Speedway)
Round 13: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (Detroit Street Course)
Round 14: Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America (Road America)
Round 15: HyVee Salute to Farmers 300 (Iowa Speedway)
Round 16: Honda Indy 200 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)
Round 17: Wisconsin 250 (Milwaukee Mile)
Round 18: Cheez-It Indy At The Glen (Watkins Glen International)
Round 19: ABC Supply 500 (Pocono Raceway)
Round 20: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (Gateway Motorsports Park)
Round 21: Charter Communications 300 (Kansas Speedway)
Round 22: Honda Grand Prix of Alabama (Barber Motorsports Park)
Round 23: Indy Grand Prix of Dallas (Circuit of the Americas)
Round 24: Bombardier Learjet Indy 500K (Texas Motor Speedway)
Round 25: Indy Grand Prix of Mexico City (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez)
Round 26: Desert Diamond Indy 300 (Phoenix Raceway)
Round 27: Indy Grand Prix of Portland (Portland International Raceway)
Round 28: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Sonoma Raceway)
Round 29: Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca Raceway)
Finale: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach Street Course)

Much more national, and it makes some semblance of sense on a map. Starting in mid-March in Florida, and ending in the fall in California.