With the season having recently finished under Scott Dixon's ruling, Australia is on the way to became a steady part of Indycar as of 2009. So far, some of the details have already been settled with organizers yet to appoint a date before the event becomes an official fixture.
However, before the deal is finalized, negotiations involving the IRL will most likely take place during this year's non-championship event at the end of October. “Our commitment to the future of the race has seen us renew our agreement through to 2013 and we have signed a memorandum of understanding with the IRL.” said Spence and added “We knew the Gold Coast wouldn't yet be listed on next year's IRL calendar because we are still negotiating the dates.”
The news comes rather shortly after the August scheduling conflict between the IRL and Australian Racing authorities when the future of the race became uncertain. It's uncertain whether the “beef” has been left behind, but the two parties are sure to reach a common decision within upcoming talks.
"We are committed to ensuring that there is a formula race as well as a V8 car race", Spence optimistically concluded, also addressing the fans who have repeatedly spoken against taking Surfers Paradise out.