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A new season of IndyCar racing will begin this weekend with a new title sponsor and an increased focus on the Month of May in Indianapolis. Hulman & Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles says the deal with Verizon and new road course and vintage races in Indianapolis are "game-changers" for the series and its fans. INDYCAR has also announced it is in discussions to bring a race back to Brazil in 2015. Miles discussed the upcoming season and the future of the series on Inside INdiana Business Television.
March 27, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. -- INDYCAR confirmed today it is exploring a return to Brazil and is currently in discussions with event organizers in the capital city of Bras?lia regarding a Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2015.
"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 - GDF and the Governor of Brasilia Agnelo Queiroz, as well as the TV Bandeirantes Group."
INDYCAR sanctioned a Verizon IndyCar Series street race in S?o 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.
The Verizon IndyCar Series opens its 2014 season March 30 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race will be televised live on ABC at 3 p.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, Sirius and XM (Channel 209), on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app.