Friday, Jan 11 07:48am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

IndyCar Series on Gold Coast "probably February" next year

Talks to have the IndyCar Series race on the streets of the Gold Coast are progressing.


Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Mark Miles told media this week that a decision was expected to be made soon.


“We are working hard, and it was made public by the premier of Queensland in Australia on the possibility of having a return to Surfers Paradise in Queensland on the Gold Coast,” Miles said.


“If that's possible, it could be done for probably February of 2020.


“That's work that is very intensified right now and is something that hopefully might be achieved and finalized in the next couple of months.


“There's a possibility to promote a great event.”


Late last year moves were made by local body government for a push to get IndyCar back to Australia.


Former IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power met with the Premier of Queensland to discuss a possible return. Since then, talks have progressed positively.


It’s been a decade since IndyCar raced on the Surfers Paradis Street Circuit. The last time the series ran was in 2008, and prior to that the circuit was host to the Champ Car World Series and CART.


After IndyCar pulled out of Australia, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship moved in to take over the event after a failed move in by A1GP and turn the race into an endurance event. Part of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, the circuit was shortened and has been run by Supercars ever since.