Organisers of the V8 Supercar Clipsal 500 in Adelaide have said they’re seeking more international support categories for the event and are even considering a separate major race either side of the V8 weekend. Formula E and the World Endurance Championship have been suggested as possible candidates, but there are a number of reasons why IndyCar could the best option for all concerned:
- IndyCar is keen to start the season with a flyaway race and the Clipsal 500 fits perfectly into the schedule.
- Australia has plenty of IndyCar history having previously hosted the popular Surfers Paradise race for 18 years. That history would help build a successful flyaway event.
- An IndyCar race at 12-noon in Adelaide (before an afternoon V8 race perhaps) could be shown during primetime across the whole USA.
- IndyCar previously shared top billing with the V8s at Surfers Paradise so there is a precedent for the categories working together. This can only be helped by the influential Roger Penske running teams in both series.
- Australia attracts a large number of tourists from the USA but only a tiny portion ever visit South Australia. It’s a great chance for Adelaide to target a key tourism market.
- Having Will Power as an Australian champion would certainly help IndyCar and local organisers promote the event.