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The Pit Straight: Should IndyCar Return to the Thermal Club?

Discord was the defining term to describe the motorsport communities reaction to the NTT IndyCar Series’ inaugural $1 Million Challenge at the Thermal Club. By the end of Sunday’s (March 25) race, X (née Twitter) was alight with frustration from many industry veterans, while drivers were much more receptive to the event, the first the series has held at the private, racing-themed community in Riverside County, California.

Frontstretch‘s own Jack Swansey just so happened to be on the ground for the weekend, and naturally made time to appear on The Pit Straight to reflect on his experience and ponder what implications the event, and its reception, may carry for INDYCAR moving forward. Whether the event will return in 2024 remains to be seen, but the opinions are anything but unclear in this week’s episode.

See also
Inside IndyCar: 3 Areas to Improve the $1 Million Challenge

The Pit Straight is Frontstretch‘s open-wheel racing podcast, available during the racing season weekly on Tuesdays on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and right here on the web.

About the author

Alex is the IndyCar Content Director at Frontstretch, having initially joined as an entry-level contributor in 2021. He also serves as Managing Director of The Asia Cable, a publication focused on the international affairs and politics of the Asia-Pacific region which he co-founded in 2023. With previous experience in China, Japan and Poland, Alex is particularly passionate about the international realm of motorsport and the politics that make the wheels turn - literally - behind the scenes.

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Move it to Autobahn Country Club.

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