Lost in the deluge of news this weekend was this Associated Press tidbit regarding the 2008 schedule.
IRL spokesman John Griffin said Sunday that the release of the 2008 IndyCar Series schedule is being held up pending the announcement of a new venue to replace a Michigan event.Our sources (oh yes, WE have sources) say the site is likely to be West, but not necessarily Southwest ("It's just WEST!") citing that the smart money might be on the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot discussed last year. Insert the sound of forehead banging against desk right about...now.
The new event would replace the dropped race at Michigan International Speedway and would give the IndyCars another 17-race schedule.
"All I can say is that it's in the United States and it's a place where we haven't raced before," said Griffin, who added the IRL is hoping to make the announcement within the next few weeks.
Potential sites that have been at least talked about for a new street race include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio and Washington, D.C.
Lots of ideas come to mind (Seattle? Anchorage? A mysterious island sponsored by the Hanso Foundation?), although pressdog may have stumbled upon the actual location earlier this year: Moon Base Alpha.
Hey, it makes about as much sense as racing in a parking lot.