One of the concerns for a Fort Lauderdale race is a late season race may conflict with the popular boat show which will be held from Oct. 25-29 this year.
A Fort Lauderdale race could be run at the start of the 2013 IndyCar season as the league used to open its year in Homestead. But it appears the focus is on a season-ending race that would be nationally televised from Fort Lauderdale beach. The race could be run once the boat show is concluded.
We have been in discussions with them but I dont know how close things are right now, said Carol Hudson, who recently took over as director of sports for the Fort Lauderdale tourism and convention bureau.
The discussions have sounded favorable. I think it would be a great event. It would bring major media attention. The question is whether you can make it happen logistically.
The final IndyCar race in Homestead was the 2010 season finale as the series didnt return after it couldnt come to terms with the Miami-Homestead Speedway nor any of the other tracks managed by NASCARs International Speedway Corporation.
IndyCar and other open-wheel series such as CART have been part of the South Florida racing landscape since the 1980s. A race in South Florida where the series has strong ties locally and internationally would likely be one of the gems of the schedule.
Weve been able to generate a lot of interest with the city street races because youve got cities and economic development groups within the states wanting to have what they call big events, team owner Roger Penske said. I think thats proven to be successful.
Miami Herald writer Maria Camila Bernal contributed to this story.