The IndyCar Series could be heading to New Orleans, if next year’s calendar rumours prove to be true.
Series officials are understood to have held discussions with the NOLA Motorsports Park owners about staging a round of the championship at the Louisiana circuit from next year onwards.
Penned by Alan Wilson – whose design credentials include the Miller Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park (pictured above) layouts – NOLA features two international standard race track layouts, which could be configured together to create a five-mile configuration.
While the flat circuit layout is up to scratch, the venue itself would require significant improvements, such as improved parking and the installation of temporary grandstands to accommodate race-going spectators.
It is understood that the venue is seeking a June calendar slot, although concerns have already been raised that the height of the American summer is hardly a suitable time for a race in that location.
The other pressing factor will be proper promotion. A number of more recently-added events have suffered from poor promotion, but it is understood that Andretti Sports Marketing – who have successfully managed the revival of the Milwaukee Mile round – are in pole position to take this on.
Image via IndyCar Series Media and NOLA Motorsports Park