Brasilia Brazil

INDYCAR confirmed it is exploring a return to Brazil and is in discussions with event organizers in the capital city of Brasília regarding a Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2015.

The federal district government released a statement March 21, saying a deal with local race promoters was signed at an event in São Paulo on what would have been the 54th birthday of Brazilian Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna.

Autodromo Nelson Piquet, which has a 12-turn, 3.4-mile counter-clockwise layout for most of the races, would host the event. Federal District Gov. Agnelo Queiroz said the government will ensure all needed improvements are made at the track ahead of the race, which he said would be held March 8.

“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 of INDYCAR. “We are engaged in on-going discussions toward this goal and hope suitable arrangements can be finalized soon.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are encouraged by the efforts from the government of the Federal District, the governor of Brasilia, Agnelo Queiroz, and the TV Bandeirantes Group.”

INDYCAR sanctioned a Verizon IndyCar Series street race in São Paulo, Brazil, from 2010-13.

“We look forward to continuing these discussions as INDYCAR explores race markets and venues that will further the growth of the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Miles said.