IndyCar looks to add New Orleans race

IndyCar officials said Monday they are looking to stage a race in New Orleans with team owner Michael Andretti`s sports marketing group overseeing the event.

Louisiana state lawmakers were considering a bill that would devote $4.5 million to renovations at three-year-old NOLA Motorsports Park in suburban Avondale to create the IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana.

"We`re delighted by this broad show of support and encouraged by the prospect of a race in New Orleans," said Mark Miles, chief executive of IndyCar`s parent group.

"With these improvements we`re confident that NOLA can meet our standards for safety, fan experience and quality of racing."

The series has 18 events this season, but only by staging two races in one weekend at Detroit, Houston and Toronto street layouts and a new road-course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday in addition to the namesake Indianapolis 500 oval classic on May 25.

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