IndyCar Red-Flags Mexico In 2018

Simon Pagenaud of France in the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet during the IndyCar Practice at the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, MI, on 3 June 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Simon Pagenaud of France in the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet during the IndyCar Practice at the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, MI, on 3 June 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Mexico is off the 2018 IndyCar schedule according to a Marshall Pruett piece in Racer on November 30. As reported on November 1, IndyCar had been investigating the possibility of inserting an event into the August 3-5 weekend.

Organizers are now backing away from the plan which was reported as being 99% certain.

“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 at the time. “Too difficult to predict at this point, but we’ve held open that date.”

Now, however, IndyCar will not be returning to Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2018, though the door hasn’t been closed on a future season.

“IndyCar appreciates the rich racing history in Mexico and we would like to be part of that once again,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told Pruett. “We will keep working with the intent of making an INDYCAR event in Mexico City a reality in the future.”

The 2018 season will remain a 17-race affair kicking off in St Petersburg on March 11. The circuit will have a 21-day period of no racing between July 29 and August 19.

Ryan Hunter-Reay during IndyCar qualifying at the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, MI, on 3 June 2016.<br>Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Ryan Hunter-Reay during IndyCar qualifying at the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, MI, on 3 June 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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