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  • #76
    Low double digits showing up for the Freedom 100, though a far cry from the numbers appearing just a few years ago, IS an improvement. I'm not sure we have enough data points yet to find a positive trend but I'm not complaining as it's an improvement from 2018.

    Here's hoping for (and cautiously optimistic for) another exceptionally competitive and entertaining race!

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    • #77
      No Falchero on the entry list of Indy road course races. Only 9 cars. Can't recall if #4 was supposed to run full-time or not.
      Nastalgia & headache.

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      • #78
        Wondered what changed where Lights was getting mid 20's car fields in 2008

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Chris Paff View Post
          Wondered what changed where Lights was getting mid 20's car fields in 2008
          Cost of the new car and engine lease is a lot more than the old model. Especially the engine lease. And back in 2008, you could get used cars for fairly cheap and start racing on a pretty low budget. I'm not postive of the numbers, but I think a season in Lights with the old car cost a driver around $600K and now it's probably around $1.2 million.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Glenn View Post

            Cost of the new car and engine lease is a lot more than the old model. Especially the engine lease. And back in 2008, you could get used cars for fairly cheap and start racing on a pretty low budget. I'm not positive of the numbers, but I think a season in Lights with the old car cost a driver around $600K and now it's probably around $1.2 million.
            That $600k would have been at the very bottom of teams. I seem to recall hearing Schmidt was getting around 1.0-1.2 a season the last few seasons with the old car.

            It is true that you could get the old cars dirt-cheap used about ten years ago. The problem was what it cost to operate them. I recall hearing around that time that Walker was looking to sell his only Lights car for like $30k. Only problem was it needed a corner put on it that was going to cost another $30k-40k to fix.

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            • #81
              The costs are all out of line for a developmental series..

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              • #82
                Originally posted by Chris Paff View Post
                The costs are all out of line for a developmental series..
                what would be ideal to you?

                usf2000: $300k for 15 races/8weekends?
                pro2000: $600k for 16 races/9 weekends?
                indylights: $1.2m for 18 races/9 weekends?

                maybe rti could take a regional approach using imsa type championships and have an east/west championship of a mini-series to create afforadability (west = portland, laguna, cota; east = st.p, barber, toronto ; midwest: mid-ohio, road america, indy gp). i know some would say this is an everyone gets a ribbon approach, but it's really a mechanism to create a different way to budget a team having cars on track for the full season.

                thoughts?

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                • #83
                  while it would reduce the budget, having regional series with only 3 or 4 race weekends isn't nearly enough seat time for a developing young driver, even if they are triple headers.

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                  • #84
                    Andretti will be #18 for the Freedom.

                    Looks like 12 cars.

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