Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials still want to host the U.S. Grand Prix. It might take at least another year to get it back.
When Formula One released its provisional 2009 schedule Wednesday, the race that had become synonymous with Indianapolis was left off the list. The mid-June weekend after the Canadian Grand Prix, a previous date for the U.S. race, was left blank on the new schedule, a strong indication F1 officials plan to skip the country for a second straight year.
But race organizers haven't lost hope about reaching a deal with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
“Discussions will continue,” speedway spokesman Ron Green said. “We believe a return of Formula One to our calendar, especially during our centennial era, the period between 2009-2011, would be appropriate. But it must be on terms reasonable to all the groups.”
The provisional schedule can be found here.
-- The Associated Press