‘We haven’t given up.’ – Ric Peterson still hoping for IndyCar race in Calgary

(via Canadian Press/The Star) – IndyCar will not be making its return to Alberta in 2019, but 2020 isn’t off the table.

Ric Peterson, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, is still pushing for a return of the series in his home province, but said progress has stalled.

“There hasn’t been a lot of movement, but we haven’t given up on it either,” the native of Hythe, Alta., said while supporting his SPM team at the Toronto Indy on Saturday.

“But it won’t be 2019 — that’s for sure.”

Peterson, whose team includes James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., and Robert Wickens of Guelph, Ont., said he has handed over promotion to Green Savoree, which runs a number of races, including the Toronto Indy.

Peterson added that Calgary took a back seat as the company worked to bring IndyCar back to Portland for this season after a 10-year absence.

“It’s kind of in their ballpark, so I’m not really involved in the day-to-day part of it,” he said.

“I think it’s just been busy schedules,” adding that the American city was an easier sell with the Portland International Raceway ready to go.

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