They want to be a part of it

Posted by Iannucci | 3/27/2007 | 2 comments »
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The St Petersburg Times has the inside scoop on a possible location for a future IndyCar race – New York City!

Indy Racing League CEO Tony George is conducting informal discussions with New York City officials about the possibility of running a race within the five boroughs.

George said the probability of a New York street race is not great and would not divulge details of his talks. But one concept discussed would have IndyCars racing on Governors Island, a 172-acre parcel south of lower Manhattan in the East River, accessible only by ferry and run by the National Park Service and a preservation and educational program.

"Everybody's trying to crack the New York market, so that's kind of an ambition of ours, a project that we work on in our spare time," he said.
OK, so it might be NYC, it might be New Jersey, and “the probability is not great”. It’s an interesting story and I’m glad this is relegated to “spare time” but it would make more sense to devote spare time towards a race (or races) in the Southwest. Watkins Glen seems to adequately service what racing fans there are in New England.

Besides, this can’t be too serious an idea if the course is “only accessible by ferry”. Yikes!


  1. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // March 27, 2007 11:34 AM  

    that would be the most awesome race ever and i would plan a vacation around it.

  2. Jahuti Rhys // March 27, 2007 3:43 PM  

    I can see the cars on the ferry, but the haulers and all the ancillary equipment that is so necessary?

    Not going to happen.