SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (AP) - Organizers of Sunday's Indy 300 and IRL officials are meeting this week to discuss the future of the Surfers Paradise race. The race in Australia is not on the 2009 Indy Racing League schedule, and a decision is expected in about two weeks.
Scheduling is the stumbling block.
NFL season begins. Gold Coast organizers, however, don't want the race moved up from late October, because it will clash with Australia's national football finals.
Sunday's entry list includes three former Surfers Paradise champions - Dario Franchitti (1999), Bruno Junqueira (2004) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2003). Former winners Michael Andretti (1994) and Jimmy Vasser (1996) return as team owners. Danica Patrick, who became the first woman to win a major open-wheel event in Japan in April, is making her first trip to Australia.
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Future of Australia Indy race up for discussion
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