Officials from the Circuit of the Americas in Texas have again declared their desire for the soon-to-be-finished Grand Prix circuit to host a round of the IndyCar Series championship, possibly as early as 2013.
COTA vice-president Bruce Knox was a guest at last weekend’s Grand Prix of Sonoma, and was spotted actively canvassing driver, team and fan interest in visiting the Texas circuit. It is understood he has been in discussions with IndyCar officials for several months with a view to getting the series to join Formula 1, the V8 Supercars and American Le Mans Series championships on its books.
“I personally like IndyCar and I think that from talking with (IndyCar) fans, with teams and with drivers, they would like to be here as well,” Knox told the SpeedCafe website.
“I think that people want to be at what they perceive to be the best and most challenging (circuits), and from a driver’s perspective they see this layout as being very challenging.
“I think from a fan’s standpoint, again they want to watch exciting racing and I think our circuit provides that opportunity.
“With the teams and sponsors, being a strong economic area in Texas, and with Austin’s particular proximity to the Mexican and Latin American markets, using this as a permanent home to promote IndyCar racing is definitely something that we would have an interest in.”
Should it land up successfully negotiating a deal with the IndyCar Series, the event would be the third to be held in the state of Texas in one season – matching California’s three venues at Long Beach, Sonoma and Fontana.
Next year, the championship will make a return to the streets of Houston – which ran Champ Car events there up until 2007 – as well as returning to the Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval at Fort Worth.