SPEEDTV.com reports that Octane, which successfully promoted the Formula 1 and NASCAR races in Montreal this year, is interested in staging an IndyCar race in Quebec City to replace the canceled Edmonton event. Octane is being joined in the effort by a group led by Andre Azzi, co-owner of Alex Tagliani's FAZZT IndyCar team and "another entity trying to work through longtime car owner Derrick Walker," according to SPEED's report. Meanwhile, a temporary track in Calgary, Alberta, is also reportedly under consideration as a replacement venue for Edmonton.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said he was surprised by the abrupt cancellation of the Edmonton event, but was hopeful that a replacement Canadian race could be staged.
"It was a shot out of the blue and I'm extremely disappointed, because we had a press conference last summer where the mayor stood up, shook hands and said we had a deal,” said Bernard of the Edmonton cancellation. “My immediate thought is that we want to keep two events in Canada, because we have such a solid fan base so we'll see what we can do.
“It looks like we have three groups interested in Quebec and it's a huge opportunity if Quebec wants to get on our calendar,” Bernard added.