The Rodriguez Brothers, the last piece in the puzzle calendar 2018


Mexico is a difficult market for the categories international, who have attempted to conquer it over the years. The presence of national drivers of success has always been an incredibly powerful incentive for the medical assistance to the circuit, roaring in a significant way when it is not the case. Formula 1 has experienced this in their two previous stages in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and lived a time of splendour in the third with the presence of Sergio Perez. Now, the IndyCar could be very close to them company in the circuit mexicans for excellence.

Since a couple of years, the category has sought to expand outside their borders, with two or three international events that impact positively on the finances of the teams, and Mexico has always been in the area at the top of the priorities. During 2017, all conversations and even some official statements indicated that the goal was to compete in the oval Puebla, 1.25 miles (2 kilometers), but the lack of infrastructure, optimal and barriers, SAFER has directed the focus toward a Rodriguez Brothers that could host IndyCar already in 2018.

In fact, according to the head of category, Mark miles, the resolution of this question is the last missing piece to complete the preparation of the calendar for the next season: “There is a dialogue and a serious progress there. I think that is something that we will know at the end of August, and then will be published the calendar of 2018” has declared RACER. Although you have considered other options throughout the year, such as the one mentioned of Puebla, the circuit of Portland or a test urban in the canadian city of Calgary, all these proposals seem to be in focus, as soon, to 2019.


In 1980, the CART traveled for the first time the Rodriguez Brothers to host the Copa Mexico 150, an experiment that was repeated the following year, being won in both editions by Rick Mears. Taking advantage of the presence of drivers like Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain, Jr. and Mario Dominguez, the category returned in 2002, vying for six editions with the support of Telmex and Tecate until the reunification of 2008 that shattered the test. Kenny Bräck, Paul Tracy and Justin Wilson were victorious, but no one triumphed as Sebastien Bourdais, the first of his three victories at this track (2004, 2006 and 2007) he won the first of his four championships. It has not been the only proof mexican, as the city of Monterrey hosted six events between 2001 and 2006 in an urban circuit in the Fundidora Park.

Despite the intention of expansion, Thousands considered a career in the Brethren Rodriguez would not be considered an event “international” to the standards of the IndyCar series, placing you in the same situation as Indy Toronto: “I Look at the career of Mexico as a test domestic, not an international career, as if we were going to Montréal or to another circuit that is a shot of the road for our teams. So I see Mexico fit into our regular schedule if they occur. Given that your time zone is normal to us, it would be another american race”.


therefore, Thousands rule out that the race was staged in February or march, instead intended for those international events, and places him in a potential date in October that, unless major surprise, what turned out to be the last race of the season in substitution of Sonoma. An important aspect to consider would be if IndyCar would use exactly the same layout that Formula 1, or bet on a variant. Between 2002 and 2005, the version used was very similar to the current, passing through the Foro Sol in a succession of curves more simple, but in 2006 and 2007 was used Peralta in its entirety, preceded by a chicane.

The potential influx in the stands of the stadium might be a factor for this, and these would be more pronounced with the presence of Esteban Gutierrez, the first mexican driver out of the Indy 500 since 2008, that has sparked a renewed interest in the category at the other side of the border. Although its continuity in the coming year is in the air, which could influence the that the event is even held, Thousands considered that it would be an asset to the contracts of international television, which will be reviewed next year: “If we can keep him in the category, and there is a race, mexican, we can renegotiate our contract for television next year and prepare something special for our audience of Spanish-speaking”.