IndyCar: There’s an interesting opportunity to expand the IndyCar calendar to Australia


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.
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  1. […] 1: Adelaide – As discussed previously on Motorsport Snippets, Adelaide could be a great place to start the IndyCar season and local organisers might be […]


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