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Continued: AUTO PACKAGE: Jeff Gordon likes the idea of NASCAR holding midweek races

  • Article by: JENNA FRYER , AP Auto Racing Writer
  • Last update: July 11, 2013 - 8:09 AM

There's more to come. Igdalsky said he wanted to "dress up" Pocono by improving everything from the seats, traffic patterns and adding permanent or temporary videoboards to enhance the fan experience.

The fans did clog the single-lane roads entering the track and many of them complained about heavy traffic on social media. Igdalsky said he would meet with state and local officials about the issue and made a "solemn promise" to fix the traffic woes.

Of course, it's better than the alternative — fans not showing up at all.

With at least two more years of IndyCar racing at Pocono on the schedule, there's time to fix everything. Igdalsky has proved in a short time he's eager to please.

"It makes me feel awesome, but it's not about how I feel," he said. "It's about the perception of the facility. We are a great facility for motor sports in America. Are we the best? No. Do I want to be the best? Hell no. It would cost us a fortune. I don't want to be the best. But I don't want to be at the bottom of the barrel. I'm happy about being at the top of the middle."

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DRIVER STANDINGS IndyCar is standing pat.

The open-wheel series is set to introduce standing starts for this weekend's doubleheader in Toronto.

Drivers will take their starting positions with the front wheels of the car remaining within its designated orange grid line. The starts are similar to the format in Formula 1. IndyCar traditionally uses rolling starts, but is experimenting with the standing starts in Toronto and Houston.

Four-time series champion Dario Franchitti said he wasn't looking forward to the change.

"Not particularly," he said. "I like the traditional rolling starts. We'll see. It might be good. Who knows? I might be completely wrong. But it's going to be bloody interesting, let's put it that way."

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GOODWOOD: Michael Waltrip Racing co-owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman are headed to Europe this weekend for the 20th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

It will be Waltrip's second appearance at Goodwood, which features a hill climb in historic motor racing vehicles in front of 150,000 global motorsports enthusiasts.

Waltrip, the two-time Daytona 500 winner, will drive a 2012 Toyota Camry that Clint Bowyer won three races in last season while finishing second in the Sprint Cup standings.

"It is so cool to fire up a NASCAR Sprint Cup car and see the reaction on the faces of everyone there," said Waltrip, who also visited Goodwood in 2010. "You wouldn't believe all of the people who are interested in NASCAR in jolly old England.

"For many of them, this is as close as they'll ever be to a Sprint Cup race. I'm honored they asked me to make a few runs and it's also cool that Rob Kauffman will make some runs too."

The Goodwood Festival includes everything from modern concept cars to historical vehicles dating back to 1902, along with racecars from all disciplines. NASCAR stock cars, Formula 1 Grand Prix racers, Le Mans style cars and various forms of motorcycles will all make their run up the hill at Goodwood.

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