When the 2011 IndyCar schedule was announced, it looked as if one race would be missing – Edmonton.
However in a Tuesday night meeting, the city council forwarded a motion instructing city administration to leave no stone unturned in their effort to keep IndyCars in Edmonton, as according to the Edmonton Journal.
“It instructed the administration to talk to Octane and negotiate as vigorously as possible to allow the Indy to continue,” said Bryan Anderson, Ward 9 councillor, as according to the article.
In July of this year, council approved $5.5 million in funding for the Indy over the next three years. They then also approved $1.5 million in transit and emergency services.
However, once talk began about moving the race to the east side of the City Centre Airport, the two sides couldn’t agree on how to cover the additional $3 million needed.
Talk had sprung amongst officials as to finding a track that could replace Edmonton, though still located in Canada.
The Edmonton City Centre Airport has held an IndyCar race for the past three years with Scott Dixon winning two and Will Power winning the other.