People familiar with decision: IndyCar series commits to New Orleans road-course race in 2015

People familiar with the decision say IndyCar has committed to bringing one of its open-wheel racing events to the New Orleans area in 2015.

They say the race will come to the 2.75-mile road course at the private NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because officials with IndyCar and the track have not yet authorized the release of any information about the event, which they plan to announce at the track on Monday.

The $60 million facility opened in 2011. It hosted AMA motorcycle racing in 2012. Developmental levels of open-wheel racing have run at the road course as recently as February, including the Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 series.