INDIANAPOLIS – One of the hot rumors around the IndyCar Series over the last several months has been a potential return to Australia. Several sources reported that Mark Miles was overseas exploring a possible deal for the series to return to the country in the very near future.
On Wednesday, Miles confirmed that not only is there interest, but the series could return as soon as next season.
“We are working hard, and it was made public by the premier of Queensland in Australia on the possibility of having a return, really, to Surfers Paradise in Queensland on the Gold Coast of Australia,” said Miles. “If that’s possible, it could be done for probably February of 2020, so that’s work that is very intensified right now and is something that hopefully might be achieved and finalized in the next couple of months, so there’s a possibility to promote a great event.”
Miles, has always said that he’d love to expand the season to start earlier in the year. With him not wanting to go against the NFL in the fall, the series will likely always end at some point of September. So, in order to expand the schedule, they have to start in February but in order to start in February, they likely need to look outside of the country.
Indy Car used to visit Australia from 1991 through 2008. The first seven years were run in March or April.
Some of the series’ biggest stars are from that part of the world with Scott Dixon (New Zealand) and Will Power (Australia) being on top of the game. Power just won last year’s Indy 500 and Dixon the 2018 series championship.