By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
INDYCAR is in talks to host a non-points round on the streets of Beijing, China in late October.
Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman and Company, confirmed to Motorsport.com that talks have progressed to host a race in the Chinese capital city, but nothing is official yet.
IndyCar also made the following announcement via Twitter:
“For many months INDYCAR has participated in discussions regarding a non-Championship event in the Fengtai District of Beijing, China. If scheduled, this race would occur in October following the conclusion of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. At this point, arrangement for this event have not been finalized and a number of important issues must be resolved before such an event can be added to the schedule. INDYCAR is pleased with the amount of interest in China and the substantial effort that has been made to try to make this proposed event a reality. We would hope to share any news on whether this event will occur by early June.”
IndyCar initially planned to race on the streets of Qingdao, China in 2012, but the race was cancelled. Non-points international races have been a part of IndyCar’s strategy to fill the gap during the offseason for a few years, but nothing has come into fruition. The series planned to race in Dubai in 2015, but nothing came together while the planned season opener in Brazillia, Brazil in 2015 was cancelled due to the local government pulling its financial support of the race.
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