(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The 2018 IndyCar season seems to be poised for expansion. Currently there are talks underway which are looking into the opportunity to return open wheel racing to Circuito Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
Motorsport.com is reporting that negotiations are, “… 99 percent done.”
“IndyCar is hopeful it can have an 18th race event for 2018, but at this time a deal has not been completed,” Curt Cavin, IndyCar’s vice president of communications, told The Square. “Too difficult to predict at this point, but we’ve held open that date.”
The date would be the August 3 through 5 weekend and would be the 14th race of the season if negotiations are successful. In 2017, the season was a 17-race affair, including a Dual in Detroit and a 21-day shut down between July 30 and August 20.
Sebastien Bourdais was the last open wheel race winner in Mexico at the final race of the 2007 Champ Car season. According to David Malsher at Motorsport.com, a condition of IndyCar returning to Mexico is for at least one Mexican driver to be included as part of the starting grid.
The possible reason for the caution surrounding the announcement may be related to the Boston situation. After proclaiming that IndyCar would race at Boston during the 2016, organizers had to back pedal when plans fell apart. Preventing a repeat is only prudent.
Right now, we sit and wait for what should be an official announcement from IndyCar.