17 July 2007
Q&A: Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Joie can you talk about the length of the contract? Then if Gill can talk after you do about how long Laguna Seca's contract is for, because obviously that's a key to helping this thing grow…
Joie Chitwood (IMS president and chief operating officer):
The initial term of the contract is a three-year contract. We feel pretty good about that. One of the things that we had dialogue about was Gill and the event out there on the West Coast. I've been out there and visited, and really the energy and the passion for the sport out there really got me thinking about what could happen here. And I think in terms of what they do on the West Coast, what a great thing for us to focus on the East Coast. You look at how many folks own motorcycles in America. To think that there's only two MotoGP events, when I think there probably could be many more than, it's pretty amazing.
So for us we hope to see it grow. We'll be talking about the future, for sure. It's going to be interesting to see that event next year, 100 years after the first one.
For a Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, I sensed an energy that I'm not sure I was ready for. I'd like to see the race maybe this September. I think it's going to be a long time to wait. But I'm really excited by the reception so far.
Gill Campbell (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager):
Our contract at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca goes through 2010, so we're planning on being around for a long time. Yeah, it was a load of energy, wasn't it?
…This is one of those things, double your pleasure, double your fun. And having two MotoGPs in the United States, this announcement today, what a great day for America. We're blessed to have two MotoGP events. As Joie says, we could have 17, and I think the fans would keep coming. It's the best energy that you'll see amongst race fans, I'll tell you.
I have a question for Kevin and for Kenny. I know you haven't seen the exact layout, but what you've seen of this racetrack, compare the difficulty of this racetrack against the other racetracks that you race on or have raced on.
Kevin Schwantz (1993 500cc world champion):
Just driving around it in the bus, like I got to do a little bit earlier, and imagining kind of the layout of the track because there are walls up already. It looks to be great. It's got some fairly fast corners, yet it has some fairly slow combinations of corners that are going to tie themselves together really closely, which is going to make things more difficult. Technically, you're going to have to be more correct. It's not a simple straight down, simple left turn, straight down, another corner. Everything kind of links itself together once you get off the front straightaway. Those four corners, the next chute, the next little combination of corners, kind of a drag race in between the section of corners. I think it will be a tough race for the guys to get set up for and physically quite challenging.
How different is it from the other racetracks that you have dealt with? On a scale of 1 to 10 I guess…
On a 1 to 10 difficulty? Or 1 to 10 - it's just like all the rest. It's paved, it comes back around, it joins back together at the same place. One lap makes it complete. And you strive to do all of them before everybody else does! (Laughter)
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