Formula One will return to the United States of America in 2000. The Indianapolis Speedway will stage the event on a 2.5-mile road course, which will be built in the speedway track. The last race held in the US was in 1991, and won by late Ayrton Senna. Track President Tony George said: "This is a project that we have pursued since 1991, and is now about to become a reality."
Former Formula One World Champion Marion Andretti said he was also pleased to see Formula One return to the US: "Formula One belongs in the United States, no question, and it's a shame we haven't seen it for so many years. To me, it doesn't matter where it happens as long as it happens."
"There's no question that all of us at Ford are thrilled with the announcement today. As the only U.S.-based auto manufacturer involved in Formula One, we've always felt it was important that the Formula One World Championship be contested here in the U.S. We're pleased that Tony George and his people have been able to work out an arrangement that will bring this prestigious event to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway." said Dan Davis, Director of Ford Special Vehicle Operations.
"I believe this is an important step in helping re-establish the appeal of Formula One racing with the American audience. Unlike some of the temporary F1 circuits that have come and gone in the U.S. before, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a place that Americans young and old know about, and care about." Ford already has a great winning history at Indianapolis. And we hope that we can continue that winning tradition when Formula One returns in 2000," he added.
Alex Zanardi is also happy with the race. The CART series no longer have a race on the speedway. He said: "'I can't wait to call my old ChampCar friends. It's really funny that I had to come to Formula 1 in order to race again at Indianapolis."