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    So in 1978 USAC ran a race at Brands Hatch but not on the full course. Instead it was the "Indy" course, a layout so simple it would have been too basic for even a club circuit.

    Does anyone know the reason behind this?
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    Apparently it was supposed to be on the full course, but was changed because organizers thought the short course would dry quicker if it rained.

    https://www.crash.net/indycar/news/1...o-brands-hatch

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Vic Mackey View Post
      Apparently it was supposed to be on the full course, but was changed because organizers thought the short course would dry quicker if it rained.

      https://www.crash.net/indycar/news/1...o-brands-hatch
      Thanks for the article

      What so nearly was in fact, for the Champcars were originally intended to run on the full circuit. Due to the nature of the organisation at the time, tyre supplier Goodyear had done more than mull over the track; it had designed tyres to run on the full circuit and the company was understandably perplexed when company officials learnt of the change. This information did not come in an official communication, most of the Goodyear officials learnt of the change by reading it in a magazine

      And you wonder why USAC eventually fell by the wayside.
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      • #4
        Sort of the first roval.
        I'll see YOU at the races!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DaveL View Post
          So in 1978 USAC ran a race at Brands Hatch but not on the full course. Instead it was the "Indy" course, a layout so simple it would have been too basic for even a club circuit.

          Does anyone know the reason behind this?
          No official reason was given for the change.

          The Indy circuit comprised most of the original Brands Hatch layout plus the Pilgrim's Rise/Druids extension added later. The Grand Prix loop was another extra added in 1960. The short course has been used for everything from club events to professional races. In addition to the USAC champ car drivers who earned the opportunity to make the trip to England based on a qualifying session held on the oval at MIS, some other notable drivers to have completed professionally on Brands' short course include such names as Bruce McLaren, Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter and Nelson Piquet.

          MCD boss John Webb promoted both the Brands Hatch and the Silverstone USAC races. Webb rented Silverstone when Silverstone management declined an offer to become involved in the promotion. Webb, who termed the USAC experiment a mistake, said losses amounted to some £250,000.
          Last edited by editor; 05-08-2020, 05:28 AM.

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          • #6
            OWRS/Champcar was relegated to the short course again when American OW racing returned in 2003.
            You have the IndyCar you deserve.

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