Report: Iowa president wants, and working on, IndyCar return for 2016

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The Verizon IndyCar Series put on another good show at what is becoming one of its marquee tracks, Iowa Speedway, on Saturday night for the Iowa Corn 300.

New track president Jimmy Small told the Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Gazette he is working towards a deal to make sure the series continues to race at the NASCAR-owned and operated track for 2016 and beyond.

“IndyCar is, hands down, the best race here. We want to keep it here. It’s a part of our vision to raise the overall profile of motorsports. I can’t imagine it not being here,” Small told the Gazette.

“This race, this series is really important to have here for a number of reasons.”

Iowa’s date was moved back a week this year and while it has still had a number of different dates since its first running in 2007, it has traditionally been in the same spot on the overall IndyCar calendar.

The race was held after June 20 each of the first seven runnings through 2013 before it shifted to July last year, a week before the Toronto round.

Thinking ahead to 2016, Toronto would be due to move back to its mid-July date after a one-year exception to move to June this year, because of the Pan-Am Games.

That would likely affect Iowa’s date, but not by much. It could fall in mid-July as this year, or, if the Auto Club Speedway date was moved back to the fall, Iowa could go back to its traditional late June date.

Either way, this is an event INDYCAR needs to keep, and the track wants to keep, provided it makes business sense.