IndyCar responds to Premier’s Gold Coast invitation

The start of the 2008 Gold Coast Indy 300

IndyCar has responded to news that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has invited the series to the Gold Coast for talks over a possible return to the city.

Palaszczuk revealed that she had issued an invite to IndyCar’s parent company’s CEO Mark Miles after meeting 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner and Toowoomba native Will Power.

While no talks have yet taken place, IndyCar has left the door open to a return to the glitter strip, where it last raced in 2008.

“IndyCar has a great history in Queensland and it is still thought of as a spectacular race venue by our competitors all these years later,” Miles told North American publication RACER.

“We are looking for one or two races outside North America, and we are looking forward to exploring the feasibility of returning to Surfers Paradise as we develop calendars for 2020 and beyond.”

Supercars announced during the recent 2018 edition that it was in preliminary talks with NASCAR about the stock car series holding a race on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, although NASCAR itself says it has “no plans to run a national series race in Australia” at the present time.

There has been no IndyCar racing outside North America since 2012, despite an attempt to establish a round at Mexico’s Formula 1 venue for this year.

A Gold Coast return would require a shift in date from its current October slot, a fortnight after the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, which it has held for the past 17 years, with Palaszczuk suggesting February.

Next year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship event on the Gold Coast will be run to the Sandown 500 format in part due to a bid to open up space for a potential international act on the Saturday.

An IndyCar race, in the event that it does materialise, would not take place before 2020 according to the Premier.

IndyCar’s 2019 calendar was released in early September and again runs from March to September.

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