NOLA track dropped from 2016 IndyCar calendar

IndyCar officials have informed New Orleans Motorsport Park that the series will not return to the venue in 2016

NOLA track dropped from 2016 IndyCar calendar

NOLA's disappearance from the new schedule, which is still yet to be released, comes as little surprise.

The inaugural event in April was hampered by bad weather and poor promotion, leading to crowd estimates as low as 10,000.

In addition, the track currently faces two federal lawsuits relating to the race.

Promoter Andretti Sports Marketing has filed a claim for $645,000 it says it is still owed for its services as well as $206,000 for submitted expenses, while the company that built the grandstands says that it was never paid the $358,600 that it is due.

NOLA Motorsports Park president Kristen Engeron told the New Orleans Advocate that IndyCar had confirmed within the past few days that the series will not return in 2016, but said that she is optimistic that a deal can be struck for the future.

"[IndyCar] didn't go into a lot of details," Engeron said.

"We are continuing to talk with them about getting us on the schedule for 2017 and the years after that."

NOLA may not be the only venue from the 2015 to be missing from the '16 IndyCar calendar.

Milwaukee's ongoing status is perennially in question, and Pocono is also still yet to confirm it will be back.

However the series has already announced the return of Road America and a new street race in Boston, with a deal also thought to be close for a return to Phoenix.

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