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Broward County Officials Not Keen On IndyCar's $20M Request For Ft. Lauderdale Race
Published November 14, 2012
COMING ALONG: Lopes said that efforts to bring IndyCar to Ft. Lauderdale in ’13 remains a “work in progress but he’s encouraged by the show of support.” He said, “We’ve been working on this for a long time and we’re still in the due diligence phase of trying to determine if it’s something we can pull off.” SPEEDTV.com’s Robin Miller noted it was driver and Ft. Lauderdale resident Ryan Hunter-Reay’s “idea to bring the series back next to the Atlantic Ocean.” Lopes: “Absolutely, it all began with Ryan and it’s his vision. It’s a cool layout along highway A1A and if it happens it would be spectacular.” Miller noted the race “would also give IndyCar a 20th race in 2013 and hopefully shore up a big gap in the current schedule where there is no race from Sept. 1 (Baltimore) to Oct. 5 (Houston doubleheader).” The Ft. Lauderdale papers “speculated that it could be in October to coincide with the popular boat show.” Lopes said of a timeline for making a decision, “We could probably go as late as Christmas and still pull off a race next year but any later than that and we’re looking at 2014” (SPEEDTV.com, 11/13).