IndyCar in talks over Argentina race

US motor-racing series IndyCar is considering staging a future race in Argentina, it has emerged.

The race would be held at the Circuito San Juan Villicum, the track used to stage Argentina’s World Superbike Championship event.

The Autosport website reports that Stephen Sparks, IndyCar’s vice-president of promoter and media partner relations, has already visited the track. Promoter Grupo OSD was also present at the IndyCar season opener in St Petersburg, Florida last weekend.

Mark Miles, chief executive of Hulman & Company, which owns IndyCar, confirmed to Autosport that there is an interest in taking the series to Argentina, but an agreement is not yet close.

“We are exploring possibilities and the potential promoters were here, but I’d emphasise it’s still early days,” Miles said. “They’re a great promoter, they’ve had a great successful event in WSBK and it’s a great track.

“We don’t yet have TV in Argentina but we will, and it would be a spectacular venue for the IndyCar Series. It’s a very prosperous region, almost immune to any national economic challenges or difficulties. It’s mining-based.

“(OSD) say motorsport is very important in the region, they get very good crowd numbers and although it’s quite an out-of-the-way place, it’s not hard to get to.”

It would mark a first modern-era visit to Argentina for IndyCar, which has not staged a race outside of North America since 2013, when it travelled to São Paulo in Brazil.