Indy Cars could soon be racing around Surfers Paradise again, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk accelerating talks to bring the iconic event back to the Gold Coast.
Speaking in State Parliament on Tuesday, Ms Palaszczuk revealed that she has invited Indy CEO Mark Miles to the coast in a bid to bring the event down under in 2020.
“I have invited the chair of the Indy to come to the Gold Coast to begin these discussions, as I know that they are looking at expanding into the Southern Hemisphere and the Gold Coast is being touted as a front runner for the expansion,” the Premier said.
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“It has been more than a decade since the Indy was on the Gold Coast and we know it means hundreds of thousands of people, tourists, plus an international audience with eyes on the Gold Coast if we were able to secure the Indy for 2020.”
Australia’s first Indy 500 winner Will Power is backing the Premiers bid to bring the race back to his home state of Queensland.
“I’ve won on pretty much every single track I’ve raced on in an Indy car and the Gold Coast is the only one I never got to win,” Will said.
“It would be absolutely unbelievable if it came back.”
At the moment, the Indy is raced entirely in northern America and Canada.
“It’s early days but it would be wonderful if we can get this signature event back in Australia and I’d love to hear what the Gold Coast thinks about it,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Should the IndyCars return to the Gold Coast? Yesterday I met with home-grown Indy 500 champ @12WillPower who’s as revved up as I am about the idea. I’m inviting IndyCar bosses to the GC to see if we can accelerate a revival of the event. #goldcoast #Indy500 #qldpol pic.twitter.com/fYef60DGoY
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 30, 2018