The president of Chicagoland Speedway said last weekend he is very interested in IndyCar races returning to the track and that he's had ongoing discussions with IndyCar officials.
Chicagoland president Scott Paddock said he's looking for a multi-year arrangement and raised the possibility of IndyCar being paired with NASCAR Nationwide during the Nationwide's annual stand-alone race at Chicagoland in July. IndyCar raced at Chicagoland from 2001 through 2010. (Notes from the 2010 race here.)
Paddock said Saturday he remains willing to work something out with IndyCar.
"We've had a lot of dialog (with IndyCar)," said Paddock, who became Chicagoland track president in January 2011. "But I don’t want to bring IndyCar back here for one year. I want to bring it back in a business model that is sustainable long term because I don’t want to be disingenuous to the fans and bring them back if it’s not for the long term. Some of IndyCar's best racing, some of its closest finishes, have been at Chicagoland Speedway. This is a good open wheel market. I think we just need to mutually align on a business and financial model that allows us to offer IndyCar product on a very affordable basis."
The two closest finishes in IndyCar history were at Chicagoland Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. edged Al Unser Jr. by 0.0024 seconds in 2002, and Helio Castroneves best Scott Dixon by 0.0033 seconds in 2008.