• IMS Would Like GP to Return

    August 26, 2010 No comments

    With thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts expected to descend upon Indianapolis for this weekends Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Jeff Belskus is optimistic they will have reason to return in the future.

    Sunday’s race is the last in the original three-year deal, but talks are ongoing with Dorna, which holds MotoGP’s commercial rights. A new contract could be announced before the international series leaves town.
    An extension could help offset an expected attendance decline for the second year in a row.

    The premier class race is at 3 p.m. Sunday. Practice begins Friday with qualifying Saturday in a weekend that includes off-track entertainment and promotions geared to a motorcycle-loving audience.

    As it did for NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, the Speedway has reduced its ticket prices for MotoGP — $40 general admission seats on race day, with kids 12 and younger admitted free — in hopes of attracting more fans despite a sputtering economy. But the July 25 Brickyard 400 race had more than 110,000 empty seats, the most in its 17-year history, so Speedway officials anticipate the economy will be a factor for the MotoGP event, as well.

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