Will IndyCars return to Australia?

A report in Australia Auto Action magazine has claimed that the IndyCars Series could make a return to Australian shores, but not at its traditional home on the streets of the Gold Coast…

Rather, the West Australian capital of Perth has emerged as the most likely candidate, with IndyCar series boss Randy Bernard telling the publication that he has held preliminary discussions with Australian entrepreneur Paul Dainty about a possible event on a street circuit in the city.

Bernard is a former boss of the International Bull Riders tour, and it was at one of these events on the Gold Coast in 2007 that he met Dainty, which subsequently led to the pair having discussions about reviving an IndyCar event in Australia.

The last time the series visited Australian shores was in 2008.

It is believed that the notion of a Perth street race – or in the nearby municipalities of Fremantle or Joondalup – has already received the support of the state’s premier Colin Barnett.

“If there was a part of Perth that had the right sort of atmosphere and you could design a circuit we would look at it,” Barnett was quoted as saying at the time. “They are exciting events, they are always controversial, but people go in their hundreds of thousands to watch a spectacular event.

“I would like to see them [here]. I am very conscious that motorsports fans are probably the biggest group of any sporting groups,” he added.

A spokesperson for Mr Dainty has declined to comment on the Auto Action article.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.