Bright light city gonna set my soul…

gonna set my soul on fire… Apparently not anymore though.

At least I was there to see it in all it’s glory, with all it’s potential. What a fucking awesome track. Seriously. Fault the race for other things surely, but that track was world class. Kudos again to Chris Kniefel for his design and execution.

Blow all the pretty pink smoke up my ass you see fit, but this sucks.

It sucks that two races that steadily improved both on track and in popularity got axed (Denver/San Jose) and now another one with huge potential falls away. (that would be 3 North American races, in major markets, with easy access gone btw)

a race in Spain huh?

Gee ya think Oriol will get signed on for the whole season this time or will he be the “token Spaniard” who gets tagged in two races prior, replacing some poor ride buyer or long time friend who’s value is only measured on paper rather than on track. Or maybe he’ll get the Jan Heylen treatment, brought in mid-season dangled like a carrot and pimped out for his home race, then dumped when no longer useful. Wonder if the Belgium race was off the schedule before or after Jan got kicked to the curb… hmmmm

Anyway… here is the speculated 2008 schedule that arrived in my inbox earlier:

(I was gonna sit on this, but it appears to be leaking around the internet faster than water through a colander, so fuck it. Let’s talk about it)

Long Beach, CA………………..April 18-20, 2008
Houston, TX…………………..April 25-27, 2008
Laguna Seca, CA ………………May 18-20, 2008
Nurburgring, Germany…………..June, 2008
Spain………………………..June, 2008
Cleveland, Ohio……………….June 20-22, 2008
Mt. Tremblant, Canada………….June 29-July 1, 2008
Toronto, Canada……………….July 4-6, 2008
Edmonton, Canada………………July 18-20, 2008
Elkhart Lake, WI………………August 8-10, 2008
Assen, Holland………………..September 12-14, 2008
Dubai, UAE……………………October, 2008
Surfers Paradise, Australia.. ….October 24-26, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico……………November 7-9, 2008

I have also heard that Portland is still a possibility. (I guess somebody finally wised up and discovered it’s better to announce the addition of a race to the schedule rather than announce the cancellation (or rather just stay silent until the date actually passes and the race doesn’t happen *cough* China *cough*)

EDIT: Now it appears that Germany & Dubai are gone, but Portland and Zolder are back according to Oreo on ESPIN: http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/news/story?seriesId=5&id=3094932

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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4 responses to “Bright light city gonna set my soul…

  1. The thing that always bothered me about the Vegas race was the degree to which the culture of the city is one of mercenary greed. Did anyone really have any doubt that when the chips were down, or the profit higher with another series, that we would be kicked to the curb like a bankrupt gambler?

    Probably better now than later. Places like Laguna and RA need us, and that will provide the path to stability.

  2. Oh Vegas itself, as a city… blech. It’s creepy. BUT… the track was fucking amazing. Seriously. It was a road course in a street course setting. I’ve never seen the drivers and fans so excited about a circuit than I did in Vegas. Maybe it didn’t translate on tv, but it was incredible.

    From what I understand it will be back on the schedule in 09, a CC owned/run race. (there just wasn’t a way to take ownership of it AND remount it in 08)

  3. I am actually saddened to hear that. I thought that perhaps they had gotten the message about the flaws in their business plan.

    I would rather watch ten minutes of Laguna than two hours of Las Vegas.

    I already have my reservations and am willing to spend big $$$ to fly to Laguna, but I would probably would not burn the vacation to go to Vegas, even if it were free.

    With very few exceptions, street courses suck, plain and simple. Until they learn to stop trying to sell a turd in a shiny package, they will fail.

  4. Street courses do suck, but the series should keep a few of them. Vegas should have been one. The track was good for a street course. The event needed some time to grow. I think one thing though that was detracting from the event is the Vegas is about glitz and glamour and CCWS just doesn’t have either of those in it’s current state. But the track should have been kept in anticipation of regaining those qualities.

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