Hopes of Cleveland’s wide, memorable Burke Lakefront Airport returning to the schedule for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series remain just that: hopes.
While Cleveland wasn’t mentioned by name during last week’s teleconference featuring Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, fans and drivers do hold out hope the circuit could one day return to the schedule.
According to an article from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, that return could be in 2017.
“That hope, at least for 2016, has now come and gone. But make no mistake, unlike the past, a return to Cleveland is beyond idle talk,” Elton Alexander of the Plain-Dealer wrote.
Alexander also spoke to Miles earlier this year, and got Miles to say “we want to be back.” The next year, 2017, was cited as the earliest possible year.
As ever, higher sanctioning fees and a tighter window of available summer dates were cited for the reason why Cleveland has not yet returned to a North American open-wheel schedule.
If all parties could come together for an agreement for 2017, it would mark 10 years since the most recent Cleveland race. Paul Tracy won that day in what was his final open-wheel victory.
And hey, LeBron came back to Cleveland, so reunions aren’t impossible. And Cleveland isn’t Detroit, as this most memorable YouTube video recalls.