SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian officials have announced the return of IndyCar to the country next season, saying Friday that a race will be held in the capital of Brasilia.
The federal district government released a statement saying the Autodromo Nelson Piquet will host the race from 2015-19. The deal with local race promoters was signed at an event in Sao Paulo.
IndyCar confirmed it is "exploring a return to Brazil and is in discussions with event organizers in Brasilia," but added there was "still a lot of work to be done" before the race can be officially added to the 2015 schedule.
"Brazil has a real history in Indy car racing and we would like to re-establish a championship race there as early as 2015," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent company of IndyCar. "We are engaged in ongoing discussions toward this goal and hope suitable arrangements can be finalized soon."
Miles added that IndyCar was "encouraged by the efforts" from the local government and local promoters. IndyCar begins its 2014 season next week in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the 2015 schedule isn't expected to be announced until this summer.
IndyCar raced in Sao Paulo from 2010 until last year, but local promoters weren't able to secure the event in 2014 because of financial problems. The CART series was in Brazil from 1996-2000 with a race on an oval track in Rio de Janeiro. The race in Sao Paulo was held on a street course.