Mayor concerned about deal

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

EDMONTON - Time is becoming a factor.

When Honda signed up as the first big-time big-money sponsor in the history of the Edmonton Indy Car race, there was hope for a new multi-year contract with the Indy Racing League by late April.

It’s now May 12 and nothing has happened.

People are waiting before they buy tickets for this year’s race to find out if there will be future races here where the event has been a spectacular spectator success but nowhere near a financial success.

“A decision to move ahead and negotiate is a decision of city council,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “The numbers have to be in place for city council to make that decision.

“There have been a lot of positives with the Go Indy committee and the work which has been done by the local business leaders. There’s been substantial support by the province and by Honda. I am very optimistic.”

But the clock is ticking and the calendar is turning.

“I’m concerned about the timing, too,” said Mandel.

When asked about the fact the series starts working on next year’s schedule during the month of May at Indianapolis, the mayor repeated himself.

“I’m concerned about the timing, too.”

He said it’s not a decision that can wait until after the July 23-25 race or even past the Indianapolis 500 at the end of the month.

“Hopefully it will be sooner than later.”

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca


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