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Mark Miles: IndyCar plans to return to Iowa Speedway

Jun 23, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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After Graham Rahal referred yesterday to rumors that the IZOD IndyCar Series may not return to Iowa Speedway next season, Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co., has revealed that he is working on a multi-year agreement with track officials to keep North America’s top open-wheel series racing at the Midwest short oval.

According to Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star, Miles said that he expects to see the Iowa Corn Indy 250 remain around its current position on the schedule, although a date for 2014 has not yet been finalized. The series has raced at Iowa since the 2007 season.

Rahal caused a bit of a stir during Saturday’s sessions with his comments, which came as he talked about the hope of a strong crowd for today’s 250-lap race.

“There’s a lot of rumors we won’t be coming back here and I hope that’s not true,” the driver of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda told the Associated Press. “I mean, it’s a fun place to go race.”

When asked about Rahal’s comments, Miles said: “I doubt if [Rahal] meant to be setting policy.” The AP also reports that Miles called Iowa a “cornerstone” of the IndyCar schedule.

  1. midtec2005 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    I’m glad Miles already put this to bed. Iowa always has a good crowd, and is always a good race. If every race was as good as todays then Indycar wouldn’t have any problems.

  2. Jeff - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Iowa crowd in terms of enthusiasm and passion for its IndyCar race is probably only second to the 500.

  3. Matthew - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Reblogged this on The Open Wheel and commented:
    One of the hallmarks of IndyCar racing is the diversity of tracks; no other major racing series has the diversity that IndyCar has and Iowa is a big reason why.

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