Roger Penske bought the IndyCar series and the Indianapolis circuit at the end of last year, and the American has already admitted on several occasions that he wants to bring F1 back to the circuit, 15 years after the debacle of the 2005 ‘race’.
“My son Greg met with Chase Carey and had preliminary discussions in the last few weeks,” said the man nicknamed the Captain.
“Is it time to consider a Formula One race again? I don’t know if it makes economic sense yet, but we wouldn’t consider it until 2022.”
He says he’s also thinking about bringing IMSA, which races at Daytona in January, among other things. “I want to see F1 back there, just as much as the endurance cars. Indianapolis is for thoroughbreds and we want to make it special.”
“We want to create competition and use the Speedway. We want things that will last and keep our fans coming back, bringing their friends and family. This is an incredible opportunity.”
The circuit made its F1 debut in 2000 as host of the United States Grand Prix, but it was dropped from the calendar after the 2007 season before Austin took over as venue of the US GP in 2012.
Back in November 2019, soon after the takeover of the circuit, Roger Penske had summed up the situation of the IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), admitting anything could be possible at Indy.
“What can we use this for?” he asked. “Can we run a 24-hour race here? Can we run a Formula 1 race here? What are the things we can do?
“This is a great asset. Once the tradition had been broken in adding the NASCAR race, which obviously we’re going to get behind in a big way because for 27 years they’ve run here. So I look at all of these across the board to see what can we do.”
“So I look at all of these across the board to see what can we do. This business is not broken. This is a great business, and the leadership team that’s been here has done an outstanding job, and what we want to do is be a support tool.”