Reports surrounding the likely cancellation of the Sao Paulo Indy 300 street race continue to filter north from Brazil, and while RACER has confirmed the event has yet to be canceled, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” said one series official with knowledge of the situation.
The Sao Paulo street race, which made its debut in 2010 around the Anhembi park and exhibition center, has been the subject of numerous questions regarding its continuation on the IndyCar calendar.
Everything from a possible construction project interfering with the 2014 date to the race’s Brazilian promoter (and TV broadcaster) Bandeirantes wanting to abandon the event to save money has been mentioned as reasons for shuttering IndyCar’s lone flyaway race, and with the series close to finalizing its schedule for next year, resolving the Sao Paulo situation has become a high priority.
Between the close commercial relationship with Apex Brasil, its current Indy 500 winner and Brazil native Tony Kanaan and his countryman Helio Castroneves, who has a solid chance of winning his first IndyCar Series championship in the coming weeks, keeping a Brazilian race on the calendar would seem to benefit multiple parties.
With the recent loss of the Baltimore street event, the IndyCar Series is understandably keen to prevent the cancellation of another event. RACER has also learned IndyCar is “working on a second option in Brazil if the current event doesn’t go forward because the market is very important for us and our partners,” according to the same official.