Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger believes that IndyCar will return to the 1.5 mile oval in the future, although he cautions that there is no deal currently in the works.
The track was on the IndyCar schedule for 12 years before it failed to agree terms for a contract renewal with the series when its previous deal ended in 2011. But speaking at the circuit's fan open house, Simendinger said that he had no reason to believe that the track, which continues to host NASCAR, would not hold open-wheel events again in the future.
"I would see them coming back at some point in time," he said. "I'm not sure when that point in time would be, because that's a series that's kind of working on its mix of ovals versus road courses, and they've got a management change there. They're dealing with kind of the economic model of what their races are going to be, and how much money they're going to charge tracks and all that kind of stuff. So I think that stuff has to get worked out, but I could see the IndyCar Series coming back here."
Kentucky's final IndyCar race in 2011, which was won by Ed Carpenter, became the season finale by default when the Las Vegas event was cancelled due to Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.