Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has gone into bat for the Gold Coast accelerating talks to bring back the Indy.
“As Premier I am opening discussions between Indy and Queensland about the prospect of launching an Indy on the Gold Coast in 2020,” the Premier said.
“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.”
The Premier revealed she had instigated talks with Queensland-born Indy champion Will Power, Australia’s first Indy 500 winner, who is determined to bring the race back to his home state.
“I’ve won on pretty much every single track I’ve raced on in 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.”
Indy is raced entirely in northern America and Canada but is looking to expand.
It’s believed organisers are eager to find an international location and the Premier – and Will – believe the Gold Coast is perfect.
The Premier has invited Indy CEO Mark Miles to come to Queensland and deal directly with the government to bring the event back to Australia’s glamour and events capital.
Indy would build on the government’s commitment to major events on the Gold Coast including the Commonwealth Games and the Logies.
“I remember going to Indy and enjoying its family atmosphere,” the Premier said.
“Let’s hear what the Gold Coast has to say about bringing this huge event back.”