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The Grand Prix is back

For those of you who are into that sort of thing.

Will not be competing

After a six-year hiatus, the Grand Prix of Houston will be returning in 2013.

With city and race officials on hand, IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard announced Wednesday at Redstone Golf Course that Reliant Park will host the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Oct. 4-6, 2013.

“What a great day,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Racing is the No. 1 spectator sport in the world. Now everyone will see how wonderful a city this is.”

In addition to a five-year race deal among Mi-Jack Promotions (owner of the Grand Prix of Houston), Reliant Park and the IZOD IndyCar Series, there’s a four-year sponsorship deal between MJP and Shell Oil Co.

With the deal will come an economic boost, something that has been missing since the race was canceled after the 2007 event.

“The judge was up here, the mayor’s office was up here because they know what this brings,” said Chuck Kosich, general manager of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix. “The last year, (the Grand Prix) was audited by the state at $36 million. That was when you had two racing leagues. Now that we are down to one racing league, we think it is going to be bigger and better.”

Mostly what I’m thinking about is the noise noise noise noise, but maybe that’s just me.

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