Will IndyCars make a return to Australia?

Reports swirling in the Gold Coast Bulletin indicate the IndyCar Series could soon resume discussions with the Queensland Government on bringing the race back to the sometimes sunny shores.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said Australia would be a logical next step following a race in China from a freight perspective. China will receive its first taste of IndyCar action in August this season.

"IndyCar would love to come back to Surfers Paradise. It was a great addition to the series and the drivers and teams all enjoyed being there,” Bernard said.

However, the beachside circuit could be forced to deal with increased competition for a slot in the IndyCar calendar this time around, with rumours a promoter in Perth has expressed interest in snagging the event to compensate for the recent demise of the Red Bull Air Race.

This writer has long held the belief that IndyCar should also include its popular sidekick the V8 Supercars in its negotiations, as the two events have always gone well hand-in-hand. It may be easier for the series to try and get the Telstra 500 V8’s event in Sydney rescheduled to earlier in the year and for the IndyCars to join their party.

The event has no shortage of major sponsors, would take place around another world-famous area (the Sydney Olympic precinct) and albeit with lower kerbs, would provide a circuit just as challenging as Surfers Paradise.

It just makes sense.

Matthew Lennon
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