Edmonton has returned to the 2011 IndyCar Series calendar, having originally been dropped in November last year due to a disagreement over changes in funding for the Edmonton has returned to the IndyCar 2011 season calendarCanadian circuit.

Laid out on the runways of Edmonton’s airport and a fixture on the calendar since ChampCar visited it in 2005, its hosting rights were revoked when promoter Octane Management and the city council were at loggerheads over who should pay for revisions to the circuit to allow the airport to remain open during the race weekend.

But it would seem that either one, or both, of the parties has been able to negotiate a resolution, and the event is pencilled in for a July 22-24 schedule on the calendar, albeit on a new layout using the circuit’s eastern runway.

“We are extremely glad to finally be able to officially invite racing fans to gather in Edmonton in July,” Octane president François Dumontier said. “It is now a reality; the popular Edmonton Indy is back on the IndyCar Series calendar.

“While it may have taken more time than expected to confirm its return, our group has all intentions … to offer to Edmontonians and western Canadians the very best motorsports spectacle they’ve seen,” he added.

[Original image via Racer.com]

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