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Tonight, we catch up with the Mazda Road to Indy!  The Pro Mazda and Indy Lights series held a test at the newly repaved Gateway Motorsports Park, and we were there to see if the junior formula cars were as suitable to the track as the IndyCars were the previous week.  While there, we reconnected with Pro Mazda racer, TJ Fischer, and INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy point man, Jason Penix.  With two more race weekends , remaining for Pro Mazda and Indy Lights, and only one for USF2000, we look at how things are shaping up and who is likely to win the scholarships to graduate up to the next rung in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

During the brief summer break in the schedule, the Internet Rumor Mill is running at full song, and we look at the prospect of McLaren making a full-season effort for the 2019 IndyCar season, we examine the chances of Alonso returning to IndyCar in 2018 and in what capacity, and it’s never too early to start the silly season speculations.  Tony Kanaan may be the key asset that determines the direction for many others.

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  • I’m not sure that Alonso coming here full-time would make any appreciable difference to the viewership. He was a novelty at IMS this season but people out there still dislike IndyCar. Part of it is some snobbery at a spec series and part because it’s lower than F1. The time of the races is automatically prohibitive for many as well, all the casual fans that created a spike during his 500 attempt.

    Maybe if it was a full McLaren attempt it would have a much greater impact, but they’re still playing by the IndyCar rules and thus people tend to dislike it.