Could Watkins Glen return to the IndyCars calendar?

Officials from the historic Watkins Glen circuit have confirmed that they are seeking a return to the IndyCar Series calendar, possibly as soon as 2013.

Michael Printup, the New York state circuit’s president, has told local newspaper The Corning Leader that he has been in discussions with IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard with a view to the famous road course returning to the calendar.

The series has previously raced at the track between 2005 and 2010, before being dropped as a result of poor attendance figures.

But now it seems that the fans are demanding the return of the race to the former Formula 1 venue, and Printup is hoping that a joint venture with the NASCAR Trucks Series (which has been absent from the circuit since 2001) will pull in the crowds.

“I would love to have [IndyCar] back, that’s what the fans are asking us,” Printup told the newspaper.

“I still think it’s a great product, if we can put enough people is, I guess, the question to be able to work on the financial part of it.

“There is no question that, to me, would be a great deal to put [IndyCar and Trucks] in one weekend.

“I know you’re mixing fans, which one part of me says ‘Don’t do that,’ but the other side says ‘Wait a minute, road racing is road racing.’ That’s why people come here.”

[Image via F1 Fanatic]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.