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Indy hoping for F1 return
Fri 30 Nov, 08:28 AM

An official of F1's former US Grand Prix venue at Indianapolis is hopeful the sport will one day return.

Contrary to the desire of many teams, manufacturers and sponsors, America does not feature on the 2008 calendar after Bernie Ecclestone and Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George did not agree a deal for a contract beyond this year.

But Joie Chitwood, the circuit's President, told the New York-based news service Bloomberg that he would not rule out more US Grand Prix at Indy in the future.

"I think that Formula One will come back, I really do," he said. "There's nothing definitive but I think there has been some dialogue."

"It's (a matter of) coming up with the right plan so everybody can benefit from it," he added.

Chitwood said the famous venue spent a lot of money to accommodate Ecclestone's series prior to the first race in 2000.

"We were disappointed when it went away. For us, the goal is to see if we can get them to come back at some point," he added.
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I talked to Chitwood a couple of months ago on another subject but this came up and he seems very earnest that they are trying to get it back.

However the thing that seems interesting to me is that the split was over money. BUT, the city of Indy was prepared to kick in big bucks [much like for a Super Bowl] to keep the race. Tony George apparently just doesn't want those financial connections.

Watching George's foray into Rolex GrandAm racing however, I would not be surprised to see an endurance race at the track before we get F1 back.


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