IndyCar announces return to Brazil in 2015 with race in capital of Brasilia

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SAO PAULO — IndyCar says it will race in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia next year, returning to the country after a one-year absence.

The March 8 race will take place at the Nelson Piquet permanent racetrack located in the central Brazilian city.

IndyCar raced in Sao Paulo from 2010 until last year, but local promoters weren't able to secure the event in 2014 because of financial problems. The CART series was in Brazil from 1996-2000 with a race on an oval track in Rio de Janeiro. The race in Sao Paulo was held on a temporary street course.

Brazilian officials had said in March that they had reached an agreement with the series to host the event.

Local organizers say they expect 100,000 fans at next year's race.

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