IndyCar has confirmed that it is exploring a return to Brazil and is in discussions with event organisers in Brasília regarding a Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2015.
The race will held at the Autodromo Nelson Piquet, which has a 12-turn, 3.4-mile counter-clockwise layout for most of the races. The governor of the Federal District, Agnelo Queiroz, said the government will ensure all needed improvements are made at the track ahead of the race, which he said would be take place on 8 March.
“Brazil has a real history in Indy car racing and we would like to re-establish a championship race there as early as 2015,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of IndyCar. “We are engaged in on-going discussions toward this goal and hope suitable arrangements can be finalised soon.”
IndyCar sanctioned a Verizon IndyCar Series street race in São Paulo from 2010 through 2013, but local promoters weren’t able to secure the event in 2014 because of financial problems. The CART series was in Brazil from 1996-2000 with a race on an oval track in Rio de Janeiro. The race in Sao Paulo was held on a street course.
The Autodromo Nelson Piquet is also expected to host a MotoGP race in 2015.