IRL still considering 'a few issues' before it commits to Gold Coast deal

Surfers Paradise lived up to its name Sunday. Beautiful weather, almost 100,000 fans and a thrilling shootout between two drivers with strong Australian ties. It should be a no-brainer, then, that the IndyCar Series would want to return to Australia's Gold Coast, right? Not so fast, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: October 29, 2008, 3:55 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

The 1991 event in Surfers Paradise, Australia, marked the beginning of CART's international aspirations. With great fanfare, the chief sanctioning body of Indy-car racing in those days took its show Down Under; in the process, it sparked a philosophical debate within American open-wheel racing that continues to this day.

The inaugural Gold Coast Indy represented the first time Indy-style racing had been exported outside the United States and its bordering nations since 1978, when ...

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