Already the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has made some major changes since the announcement of the IZOD IndyCar Series sponsorship agreement. For many, it was the most public that IMS President Jeff Belskus has been since taking over control of IMS over the summer.
In the last couple weeks, Belskus has been trimming the fat from IMS, including IMS Director of Public Relations Ron Green (which, as a sports information director, saddens me to see him go). Now, the Indianapolis Business Journal's Anthony Schoettle is speculating on Belskus' next round of cuts/adjustments not only for IMS, but for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Among Schoettle's hypothesis as to what may be coming are:
- An end to the TEAM program (which IZOD already said it was contributing to, so I don't see it going away, unless IZOD solely funds the program).
- Adding more street/road courses near or in cities (Baltimore is a rumored destination for 2011) to bring in more money. Schoettle theorizes that this could mean more ovals are cut from the schedule.
- A reduction in the amount of time spent at IMS during May.