The Verizon IndyCar Series could run at the Circuit of the Americas if the series decides not return to Texas Motor Speedway according to team owner Michael Shank.
Paddock Eye understands that with question marks over the future of the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway that IndyCar have opened talks with Circuit of the Americas boss Bobby Epstein about bringing the series to Austin.
The Circuit of the Americas has played host to the FIA Formula One world championship since 2012 and it would be a real coupe for the circuit if they were able to secure a deal to host a round of the IndyCar championship.
The circuit has a crowd capacity of 120,000 which would be great for IndyCar and it would also open up a new market for the series within a different part of Texas. Austin is an extremely vibrant city and it would be extremely beneficial for the area and for IndyCar to race there.
It is unclear when COTA would join the IndyCar Series but it could potentially be as early as next season. Texas Motor Speedway have been looking to change their date on the IndyCar calendar to directly after the Indianapolis 500 in May however this date, the first weekend in June is traditionally earmarked for the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix but with questions being raised about Detroit’s future in IndyCar a slot could become available.
The series have been looking at expanding their calendar and in 2019 they will add the WhetherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca to the schedule as it plays host to the season finale.
It will be interesting to see what happens next with the Circuit of the Americas.