Date registered: Jul 2005
Vehicle: 90 300E, 99 ML430, 00 ML320, 05 E500 4matic Wagon
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My vote would be for Road America. It really has a very European feel to its layout.
Issues listed in the article abound. They would need to add 60-70,000 seats. Then build quality garage facilities at a huge expense. They have more than
enough room to do it. The barriers and fencing around the track were brought up to FIA codes several years ago. All the ARMCO is gone. It is a brutally
fast track with some very nifty high and low speed corners. Indy cars average over 140 mph over the 4.1 mile 14 turn track. I have a feeling the F1 cars
could do around a 150 mph average.
If you build it they will come. And they will. The track draws 70,000 fans for the Xfinity NASCAR race and it was over 90k fans during the Indy car weekend.
It draws fans from the Chicago region. On big event weekends there are as many or more out of state tags on cars than from Wisconsin.
Even the MotoAmerica races(formally AMA superbikes) draw upwards up 70,000 fans.
It really is not far from an airport that could handle the planes to get the team equipment in.
I would not want it back at Indy. They have so many buildings on the front straight and in the infield it blocks the view from so many viewing places. It does not look like it
on TV, but being there reveals that issue.
All that being said I would just love another American stop on the schedule. The fans will turn out and make it worth the time/money for tracks to make improvements as needed.