IndyCar has denied claims by Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella that the series will return to Brazil in 2020.
Crivella took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a street race around the city’s Sambodrome. A short accompanying video showed Crivella being joined by a number of Brazilian officials and reporters, along with animation depicting a track layout.
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The only thing missing from the announcement is an agreement with IndyCar. According to one IndyCar official who spoke with RACER, the interest shown by the local government, while appreciated, is a one-sided affair at the moment, and no plans are in motion to hold an event in 2020.
With a spike in Brazilian IndyCar drivers last season, interest remains high to reunite the open-wheel series with one of its most fervent fan bases outside of North America. The series has fielded inquiries from a number of cities in Brazil, but so far, the financial support required to host an event has not materialized to give the likes of Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist and Pietro Fittipaldi a chance to race in front of a home audience.
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The 2018 season marks Marshall Pruett's 32nd year working in the sport. In his role today for RACER, Pruett covers open-wheel and sports car racing as a writer, reporter, photographer, and filmmaker. In his previous career, he served as a mechanic, engineer, and team manager in a variety of series, including IndyCar, IMSA, and World Challenge.