Indianapolis eyes F1 return

The Indianapolis motor speedway may be about to make a surprise return to the Formula One calendar after former Indy chief Tony George and US promoter Zak Brown held talks with Bernie Ecclestone.

Indianapolis hosted the United States Grand Prix between 2000 and 2007, but was dropped after circuit bosses and Ecclestone failed to agree on the financial costs of holding the race.

However, it has emerged that a return could be on the cards with George and Brown having held discussions with Formula One’s teams and the commercial rights holder.

“The questions for any Formula 1 race are: Where do you have it and how do you raise the money?” Brown told the Indy Star.

“Indy’s got the venue part solved.

“If you can solve the finances, you could open the gates tomorrow and have a race.”

Speaking on the finances required to host the race, Brown also stated that the concerned parties would all have to contribute.

“It’s not a lot of money to come up with,” he added.

The news of a possible return to the Brickyard comes weeks after Bernie Ecclestone admitted that he was in talks with promoters to host a race in New York.