IndyCar not Returning to Australia in 2009

surfersparadiseThe IndyCar Series will not be returning to race in Surfers Paradise in 2009. It was announced yesterday that the Indy Racing League and the Queensland government were not able to reach an agreement regarding long-term scheduling or financial terms. The Indy Racing League wished to move the race from October to March due to a clash with American football. Moving the race to March would conflict with the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. Motor sports will still be present in Surfers Paradise in October of 2009 with Australian V8 Supercars.

In October of 2008, the IndyCar Series debuted in Surfers Paradise holding a non-points race. The race was won by Ryan Briscoe (first Australian driver to win in 18 years) of Team Penske in front of 97,000 spectators.

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Source: IndyCar.com, TheAustralian.news.com.au

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