Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BREAKING: Norris McDonald is reporting that the Edmonton Indy is back on

No clue what this means for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (if it will go to 13 events again)... but Norris McDonald is reporting that the Edmonton Indy is "officially" back on.

From Norris: "As predicted, the Honda Indy Edmonton car race has been saved.

Randy Bernard, CEO of IndyCar (formerly the Indy Racing League), is expected to officially announce today in Indianapolis that the race is back on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule and will be held July 24, two weeks after the Honda Indy Toronto.

It’s believed that the contract between the city of Edmonton and promoters Octane Racing of Montreal was signed late last year but not made public until now because the racing league wanted to be absolutely sure that all the Ts were crossed and Is dotted before officially confirming that the event is back on the schedule.

The contract between Edmonton and Octane, promoters of the Formula One Grand Prix du Canada, is for three years and will run through 2013.

The race had been cancelled last November following a breakdown in negotiations between Octane and the city over $3 million in paving costs that arose because of changes to the circuit at the City Centre Airport.

There was a hue and cry in Edmonton when the race was called off and city council was forced to have a quick change of heart.

Bernard will make the announcement today as part of his “State of IndyCar” address to the media at an Indianapolis hotel...."