In an effort to include fans in the decision-making process regarding the future of the IndyCar Series, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage, a member of the ICONIC (Innovative, Competitive, Open-Wheel, New, Industry-Relevant, Cost-Effective) Advisory Committee, will hold public ICONIC Fan Forums prior to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 and the Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 5.
“Fans are important to the future of our great sport and we want their voices to be part of the deliberations and process in making a recommendation to the IRL,” Gossage said.
IndyCar Series President Randy Bernard formed the ICONIC Advisory Committee in April to review and make a recommendation on future chassis and engine packages to ensure the health and future of Indy car racing. Accompanying Gossage on the committee are IndyCar Series President of Competition and Racing Operations Brian Barnhart; current team owner and former IndyCar Series star Gil de Ferran; former team principal of Jaguar Racing Formula One team Tony Purnell; former chairman of Jaguar Racing in Formula One Neil Ressler; former IRL vice president of competition and Champ Car chief steward Tony Cotman; and legendary engine builder Rick Long.
Gossage will host the first forum in Indy on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET at the North Chalet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Seating is limited and RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org are encouraged.
Gossage will host the second at the clubhouse of the Lone Star Tower Condominiums from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT Saturday, June 5, during the Firestone 550k weekend. Those wishing to attend the Fan Forum during the Firestone 550k weekend are strongly encouraged to RSVP to email@example.com as seating is limited.
Both sessions will be recorded and a transcript of all remarks during the 90-minute sessions will be provided to all members of the ICONIC Committee and to IRL executives.
Fans unable to attend the sessions will be able to submit comments to be presented during the forum via Texas Motor Speedway’s Facebook page or on its fan forums section of www.texasmotorspeedway.com.