Nice track MAD! That would be awesome to race on. However it seems too large for a US carpet track. At least for the typical carpet tracks around the east coast. I would love it however. Rubber tire would be awesome on it.
Well we have 3 outdoor TC tracks within 1.5 hours of each other. 2 permanent tracks and 1 new parking lot track. One track held the 2003 Roar Onroad Nats. After that, seems things died down at that track. But a few dedicated racers helped bring it back up. Now if all the racers got together and raced at one track (or raced at each track), we would have pretty good turnouts. But it's not like that. Local racers at their given tracks don't want to travel to other tracks. So our TC crowd is spread thin. Theres only 1 handful of racers, if that, that will travel between all 3 tracks. One of them being me.
I think one problem is that most racers (here) are not serious about racing. Not serious as in, not sponsored and don't care about traveling to big race events around the US. They are content with staying where they are. Some are just people who like to get together and bash/race around. Eventually they form a club and apply some basic rules and go from there. Nothing wrong with that. It's all about having fun. Everyone sees the hobby differently.
Main thing we need is promotion. Get more local people into racing or into the hobby for that matter. 1 track is supported by a local hobby shop. Only about 2 racers are local. Myself and one guy who calls the races. Everyone else is from out of town. The track is hidden away in the country. 1 track is supported by a race club with local racers. It sits next to a family fun center that is next to the highway. It used to be in a mall parking lot with tons of people racing and a lot of exposure. And the other track is in a parking lot in a shopping center and across the street from a McDonalds. They get a lot of exposure with people asking about the cars and where to buy them.
Another thing is some people just don't like Touring. They try it out. End up a couple laps down. Get discouraged. Then leave to race or try something else. Some just plain prefer offroad or oval or nitro. We got plenty of racers. Just not enough wanting to do the same thing.
Anyways, I'm done babbling... Happy Holidays!