Verizon IndyCar Series parent company Hulman & Co CEO Mark Miles has confirmed that the series is looking into the feasibility of hosting a race in Australia next February.
Surfers Paradise will be the venue for the race as Miles said IndyCar do not want to clash with the V8 Super cars. Miles has also confirmed that along with Surfers Paradise the series are looking to have another international event alongside Surfers Paradise in February.
The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Watkins Glen for Labor Day weekend September 1-4 after the New York circuit was chosen to replace the Streets of Boston race which lost its place on the the calendar earlier this year. Miles has also confirmed that ‘The Glen’ will more than likely remain on the schedule for 2017.
The Verizon IndyCar Series has one international race on the current calendar, the Honda Indy Toronto in Canada however the last time there was a flyaway race was when the series went to Motegi for the Indy Japan 300 in 2011.
Earlier this season, Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe spoke to Paddock Eye about having a Verizon IndyCar Series race in Europe as that had been put on the table. The Canadian said:
For me, I think it’s a great idea, I mean first of all its adding races to my year which is obviously a big plus, I know there’s a big fan base in Europe, I think the races that CART and Champ Car did over there in years past were always incredibly successful and I think it’s important for us to think of ourselves as more than just a North American championship because of the diversity we have you know especially in the driver line up. Not having races anymore in Brazil or Japan we are really limited to how we’ve been in the past so getting back to Europe I think would be great.
hope it is something we can do not just once and not just as a non-championship race, I would love to see races over there as part of the championship. In terms of what track? I mean there are so many over there, it’s tough to pick one, the odds are we’re not going to be able to secure Formula One circuits just because that’s the way Bernie likes to run his show you know and that’s fine, but there are plenty of other race tracks around Europe that would be very suitable for IndyCar and I think put on a great show.
The series has grown in popularity in recent years and it would be a huge opportunity for it to grow even further outside of North America.