Rio de Janeiro - An IndyCar official said on Thursday there
is no deal in place to return to Brazil in 2020 with a road race in Rio de
Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella earlier this week said he had
reached an agreement with series organisers. Jay Frye, IndyCar's president of
competition and operations, said that is not currently the case.
"We saw the reports and obviously we have a great
history there, but IndyCar has no plans at this time to race there in
2020," Frye said. "We get calls all the time,
which is flattering. But we have no deal to race in Brazil."
IndyCar last raced in Brazil in 2013 in Sao Paulo. The first
IndyCar race in Brazil was in 1996 at the Jacarapegua track, which has been
replaced by Rio Olympic Park.
Brasilia was scheduled to host an IndyCar race in 2015 but
the event was cancelled.