A race in Mexico City will not be added to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for the 2018 season as hoped.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was not listed on the provisional IndyCar schedule for next year released in October, but series bosses confirmed they were working to add a round to the calendar.
Despite efforts to get Mexico’s Formula 1 venue a slot on the IndyCar schedule, INDYCAR released a statement on Thursday confirming the event would not be added.
“INDYCAR is invested in the process of putting together the right deal with a partner we are certain can deliver this race,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We are not at the point where we can finalize a contract for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season and felt that we couldn’t delay the decision any longer, in fairness to our teams, manufacturers and other stakeholders who need time to properly prepare for an event of such magnitude.
“INDYCAR appreciates the rich racing history in Mexico and we would like to be part of that once again. We will keep working with the intent of making an INDYCAR event in Mexico City a reality in the future.”
The 17-round IndyCar season starts in St. Petersburg on March 11.