• Sep 6th 2010 at 4:27PM
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It's been a few years since single-seaters roared through America's Playground, but they could be back before we know it. And back in a big way, if the latest reports from the world of motorsport materialize.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted IRL races from 1996 to 2000 and Champ Cars from 2003 to 2005, and continues to hold NASCAR races, along with a handful of racing schools and other events. The circuit's chief Bruton Smith, however, is now reportedly campaigning to get the joint open-wheel series back on track (so to speak) for next year. If successful, the Vegas oval could play host to the season finale, a slot currently held by Miami-Homestead.

The IRL is expected to announce next year's calendar on September 10 (just a few days from now), so one way or another, we'll be finding out shortly.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am from Las Vegas, the city has hosted open wheel before, from races set up on the Circus Circus casino property back in the day , to the CHAMP car and IRL races at the speedway. My favorite race was the one CHAMP car road race through downtown Las Vegas a few years back. I love road races more but I would be happy to have any open wheel return.

      My hope would be for an IZod road race , but I would pay to see it out at the speedway as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am also from Vegas, and I agree. The CHAMP race through old downtown was awesome. Too bad the casinos along the route complained about reduced foot traffic and revenue, so it probably won't ever come back.

        AT LVMS, a hybrid race combining a portion of the banked oval and the infield would be a fitting end to the season and far more exciting than doing just the oval in my opinion. Here's a map of a potential layout I found on the local Porsche Club of America page.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "The IRL is expected to announce next year's calendar...."

      Proof that no one cares any longer. It's called the IZOD Indycar Series these days.

      Believe me, I want to care but can't.
      How long have they used the same Dallara chassis?
      5, 10 years? More!?
      The same Honda V8 engine (oddly, Honda's ONLY V8 engine on these shores)?
      The same Firestone tires?
      How long have they been riding Danica Patrick's coat tails?
      Spec racing series can be done so much better than this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hey but it doesnt mean they dont have great races, plus we the changes there making if everything works out all those reason you gave should e remedied but i dont know about the tire situation.

        hey remember F1 one has a designated tire company so does nascar and wrc its a staple for more highprofiled racing series
      • 4 Years Ago
      irl races are great on sweeping tracks and the banking should be good for side by side racing and if chicago is any indication then this race should be even better!!!! absolutely hope they get a irl date for sure!!!.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they go back I think they should use a good share of the oval, say keep 1/2 enter infield road course back out on the oval at 3. To me it would spruce it up and make it different.
      Ok, I spent my two cents......................................
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, two hours and no responses. I guess we can all thank Tony George or frakkin' up open wheel racing in the States.