Statement from INDYCAR on Brazilian race cancellation; Lights Homestead Oval Test Notes
STATEMENT FROM INDYCAR ON BRASILIA EVENT
"INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 29, 2015) - Today's announcement by BAND that the March 8 INDYCAR race in Brasilia was cancelled was both unexpected and disappointing. INDYCAR had received every indication that the race was already a success: Two-thirds of the seats available for the event had already been sold; a title sponsor for the event (ITAIPAVA) was announced yesterday; hospitality was sold out; and track construction was progressing and scheduled to be complete in time for the event. Although we have not received formal confirmation from our partners in Brazil regarding the cancellation, economically INDYCAR is protected and the paddock is protected from such action. "
I think another translation for "economically INDYCAR is protected and the paddock is protected from such action" could be "we got the money up front this time", unlike the scheduled race in China in 2012 which fell through and reportedly left INDYCAR with a large budget deficit. While it's definitely not good for INDYCAR to have a race fall through less than two months before it was to happen, if they indeed got the money up front, that takes some of the sting out.