New Hampshire's IndyCar revival may be one-and-done after a 13-year hiatus. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, NHMS's return to the IndyCar schedule is in considerable doubt.
Track executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens told the Union Leader from what he surmised in terms of attendance and ROI, a 2012 IndyCar return is “highly unlikely.”
“Forty thousand was what it was going to take to have a chance to make money,” Gappens told the Union Leader. “When the bills got paid, it was a significant loss.”
An estimated 28,000 attended the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225.
Other options include a track rental or more corporate sponsorship to help underwrite the event.
The threat of rain no doubt had some effect, and rain turned the end of the race into one of the most controversial moments of the 2011 season when the race restarted on a wet track.
With the Milwaukee Mile confirmed not to return in 2012, dropping New Hampshire would leave IndyCar without a 1-mile oval slated for the new season.