The IZOD IndyCar Series is likely to add a Houston street race to its calendar in 2013, although series officials deny that a deal has already been done.
Houston was a fixture on the Champ Car calendar between 1998 and 2001, and again in 2006 and 2007. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed that negotiations with promoters were well advanced, but insisted that no announcement was imminent.
"I'm very much engaged in the 2013 schedule right now, and some of our top objectives are to make sure that we are continuing to showcase our sport in major markets," he said.
"Houston fits that pretty well. It's in the top five cities in the United States [by population]. But to say that we are going to make an announcement [next week] is premature because there is one thing that's missing, and that is a signed contract.
"We had a meeting this morning and made significant progress, but there's still much to be knocked out."