The classic Road America road course circuit has moved into pole position as the most likely venue to replace the recently-scrapped Chinese race at Qingdao, according to the latest whispers in IndyCar Series circles.
As we reported last week, the Qingdao race – scheduled for 19 August – was scheduled as the thirteenth round of this year’s sixteen-race calendar, but it was removed from the calendar by mutual consent after negotiations between IndyCar and the city’s officials broke down.
IndyCar officials are now frantically scrambling to ensure that a full compliment of sixteen races will still occur this year. An approach to Texas Motor Speedway – which hosted the Firestone 550K less than a fortnight ago – to stage a second race was knocked back, but it now seems that a new venue has been pencilled in on the wishlist: the Road America road course at Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin.
“I got stopped every ten feet on Friday and Saturday by people wanting to know if I knew where Road America was or if we were going to be there in August,’’ IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard told SpeedTV. “I told them I knew exactly where it was and that it was high on our list.”
The circuit – which played host to the last ChampCar race there in 2007 – is holding a round of the American Le Mans Series that weekend on the Saturday, but the circuit’s President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, has indicated that pairing it with an IndyCar race should prove no problem.
“It’s pretty late and we’ve already started selling tickets, but we’re looking at it and I’ll be talking to Randy this week to see if we can work something out,” he said.
“If we could do it, we would run Indy cars on Sunday.”
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