Photo courtesy Annastacia Palaszczuk official Twitter page

Will Power’s visit has Australia thinking about bringing back IndyCar race

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Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power has been on a whirlwind celebratory tour of his native Australia for the past week.

Now, Power’s return to his homeland may also be the start of a different kind of return to Australia, that of IndyCar racing.

According to Australian motorsports site Speedcafe.com, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is eager to discuss a revival of IndyCar returning to race in the popular Gold Coast area as soon as 2020.

After meeting with Power, Palaszczuk took to Twitter to ask Australian racing fans, “Should the IndyCars return to the Gold Coast?”

She also tweeted Power is “as revved up as I am about the idea” of the American open-wheel series making a return to Australia, and added “I’m inviting IndyCar bosses to the GC (Gold Coast) to see if we can accelerate a revival of the event.”

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Palaszczuk has reportedly already invited IndyCar parent company CEO Mark Miles to Australia to discuss bringing the series back.

“I used to go to Indy, I can remember the tens of thousands of people that would go to Indy, it brought a lot of investment into the city and a huge entourage of fans from Southeast Asia and North America,” Palaszczuk told the Bulletin. “It’s early days but it would be wonderful if we can get this signature event back in Australia and I’d love to hear what Gold Coasters think.”

Palaszczuk is already scoping out a potential race date in February, according to Speedcafe. IndyCar previously raced in Australia in past years from 1991 through 2008 in either March or April.

Other than its annual race in Toronto, IndyCar has not raced outside North America since 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition

De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”

De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.

The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.

“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”