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Sunday, September 7, 2008

USGP on short list for return?

Autosport.com’s Jonathan Noble reports this morning the chances of a USGP getting back on the calendar have gone up after Bernie Ecclestone held a meeting this weekend with the teams in Belgium.

A number of the teams, including Honda and BMW Sauber, apparently pressed an American race was vital, the US being a large market for both automakers. Frank Williams also supports an American date because it is important for sponsors.

Whether that race would be at Indianapolis is a question, however. The site of the last eight US dates has made statements earlier this year it wants to get the race back.

But SpeedTV’s Peter Windsor caught up to Ecclestone on the grid during the network’s pre-race coverage, who said he was talking to “two or three” locations.

It is believed some of the teams favor a race on one of the coasts.

The other question would be when? Autosport's sources suggest 2010, but in the Windsor interview a typically tight-lipped Ecclestone made that sound a bit optimistic. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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