Drum rollllll. Here it is, the 2015 IndyCar Schedule:
3/8 -- Brazil (NBCSN)
3/29 -- St. Petersburg (ABC)
4/12 -- New Orleans (NBCSN)
4/19 -- Long Beach (NBCSN)
4/26 -- Barber (NBCSN)
5/9 -- GP of Indianapolis (Saturday, ABC)
5/16-17 -- Indianapolis 500 Qualifying (ABC)
5/24 -- Indianapolis 500 (ABC)
5/30-31 -- Detroit (Doubleheader, both ABC)
6/6 -- Texas (Saturday night, NBCSN)
6/14 -- Toronto (NBCSN)
6/27 -- Fontana (Saturday, NBCSN)
7/12 -- Milwaukee (NBCSN)
7/18 -- Iowa (Saturday night, NBCSN)
8/2 -- Mid-Ohio (NBCSN)
8/23 -- Pocono (NBCSN)
8/30 -- Sonoma (NBCSN)
Is what is it. IndyCar is fortunate to have 16 venues, honestly. It's not like tracks are knocking down their door to get a date.
To be fair: I don't think IndyCar had a ton of options. I don't think Fontana would have gone for a repeat of the 2014 finale there. All the other ovals have date equity, so you're kind of stuck with Sonoma. Also I think Sonoma will get about the same TV rating as ending on an oval would. See "it just doesn't matter" in the previous post.
Finally, ending at Sonoma will give the large cadre of volunteer IndyCar PR representatives a cause to champion, which they enjoy. Prepare for: "It's really a GREAT idea no matter what you think, and if you don't like it, STFU and go away. Because your criticism is KILLING INDYCAR!" Love it or leave it, people. Those are your choices. The preceding is probably all I'll say about Sonoma, so now I will STFU.
Iowa on the schedule. Good. I will attend. However, I will walk up this year and buy the least expensive seat remaining. Sadly there is super-slim danger of the race selling out. For every year that IndyCar has come to Iowa I have locked in two of the top-price tickets for me and the wife soon after they went on sale.
The date, July 18, may be a stand-alone IndyCar weekend. USAC and the NASCAR Truck-like Vehicles are on another weekend. I'm not sure if there will be support races with IndyCar at Iowa. Iowa Speedway's site doesn't have the race weekends posted yet. Stand-alone IndyCar doesn't bode well for having a ton of stuff at the track. Last year it was the IndyCar race ... and some face painting. Disappointing to be sure -- especially for $65 a pop -- and hence my adjustment to walking up for cheap tickets.
Update: On 10/31 Iowa Speedway announced that ARCA would join IndyCar on the weekend. ARCA will race on July 17 (Friday) and IndyCar on July 18.
Pocono returns. Also good. There was some lamentation from the track manager that ticket sales were down last year. I think they got a good walk up (IndyCar is pretty much ALL about the walk-up crowd). Whatever the case, they are trying again. I also think this is the last year of the original three-year deal with IndyCar, so The Market will probably have the last say as to the future of Pocono. Stay tuned.
No Dubai. I suspect because no check arrived. The main reason to go to Dubai at all is to get a big check, so it's good they pulled the plug if they didn't get cash in advance. Maybe it was never seriously contemplated.
Other than that, meh. Eleven twisty races and six ovals. A strong 65% of the reason I posted this is to give people a place to comment, so PLEASE let me know what you think in the comments.