COTA, Highway America, Bristol filth amongst 2021 Cup Collection additions
The 2021 NASCAR Cup Collection schedule will function a rise in street course races, new venues and a return to filth.
Officers will formally announce the total schedule later this afternoon whereas just a few tracks have already begun confirming their dates. RACER has additionally obtained a replica of the schedule already circulating by means of the trade.
There are a lot of notable modifications, beginning with Homestead-Miami Speedway shifting to the second race of the 12 months after the Daytona 500. Nashville, Circuit of The Americas, Highway America and the Indianapolis street course, are new to the schedule.
Bristol might be lined in filth for its spring race. It will likely be the primary Cup Collection filth race since 1970.
As beforehand revealed, Chicagoland and Kentucky have misplaced a race date, as did Dover and Michigan. On the opposite facet, Atlanta and Darlington have added a second occasion. Pocono Raceway retains its June doubleheader.
The All-Star Race strikes from Bristol to Texas Motor Speedway. All 10 playoff races stay unchanged starting at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 5. NASCAR Cup Collection groups will run six street course races in 2021 with three new additions to the schedule.
COTA joins Indianapolis — introduced this morning — and Highway America as new street course occasions. Cup Collection groups already compete at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, and the Charlotte Roval. The Could 23, 2021 race would be the first time NASCAR has visited COTA.
“Our firm is proud to have a 60-year historical past of fabulous firsts in motorsports leisure, and we’re honored to carry America’s premier racing sequence to one of many world’s most famous leisure venues and cities for the very first time,” stated Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith.
“I’d prefer to thank COTA CEO Bobby Epstein in addition to NASCAR’s govt management for supporting us in an endeavor to do one thing that we consider might be spectacular for race followers, not solely in Texas however all over the world. We work and problem ourselves each day at Speedway Motorsports to create wonderful experiences that may final a lifetime, and we all know NASCAR at COTA will ship in 2021.”
Set exterior Austin, Texas, the observe has hosted Formulation 1, IndyCar and MotoGP races. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart drove a inventory automotive across the course in an illustration run final 12 months (pictured above).
“I’m grateful for Marcus Smith’s imaginative and prescient and willpower to make this occasion attainable,” stated observe CEO and Chairman Bobby Epstein. “His groups in Charlotte and at Texas Motor Speedway have created a spirit of partnership that may make for a spectacular weekend of enjoyable and competitors. Speedway Motorsports, together with the management at NASCAR, have a ‘Followers First’ angle and have responded to everybody who has lengthy desired to see a Cup Collection race at COTA.
“Followers who’ve been right here earlier than will witness inventory automotive racing at its best for the primary time, and first-time guests might be amazed on the views and pleasant expertise. It will likely be our pleasure to write down one other chapter of motorsports historical past alongside Speedway Motorsports and NASCAR in 2021.”
Elkhart Lake’s Highway America will host the Cup Collection on the NASCAR Cup Collection on the Fourth of July in 2021.
“Since we welcomed the NASCAR Xfinity Collection in 2010, our followers have been asking for the NASCAR Cup Collection, and we’re very proud to make it occur on the Fourth of July,” stated Highway America’s President and Normal Supervisor Mike Kertscher. “The weekend goes to be memorable and thrilling for everybody as we have a good time Independence Day at ‘America’s Nationwide Park of Velocity.’ We encourage new and returning followers to get their tickets and campsites early as a result of we intend to host 4 full days of on-track motion. Our total workers is happy to welcome the groups, drivers, and new guests to indicate them that Highway America is the perfect facility to return for the expertise and keep for the race.”
The brand new occasion really marks a return, slightly than a debut, for NASCAR’s prime sequence to Highway America. On the urging of Carl Kiekhaefer of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the Grand Nationwide Division (now NASCAR Cup) ran on the Elkhart Lake circuit on August 12, 1956. Lots of the 26 drivers who took the inexperienced flag that day learn like a who’s who of the early days in NASCAR racing – Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Buck Baker, and Fireball Roberts have been just a few notables, however Tim Flock took the checkered flag, within the rain, driving a Mercury, at a velocity of a prime velocity of 71.4 mph.
2021 NASCAR Cup Collection schedule:
Feb. 9 – Conflict (Daytona street course)
Feb. 11 – Duel at Daytona
Feb. 14 – Daytona 500
Feb. 21 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Feb. 28 – Auto Membership Speedway
March 7 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 14 – Phoenix Raceway
March 21 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 28 – Bristol Motor Speedway (filth)
April 10 – Martinsville Speedway
April 18 – Richmond Raceway
April 25 – Talladega Superspeedway
Could 2 – Kansas Speedway
Could 9 – Darlington Raceway
Could 16 – Dover Worldwide Speedway
Could 23 – Circuit of the Americas (COTA)
Could 30 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 6 – Sonoma Raceway
June 13 – All-Star Race (Texas)
June 20 – Nashville Superspeedway
June 26-27 – Pocono Raceway
July 4 – Highway America
July 11 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 18 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug. 8 – Watkins Glen
Aug. 15 – Indianapolis street course
Aug. 22 – Michigan Worldwide Speedway
Aug. 28 – Daytona Worldwide Speedway
Sept. 5 – Darlington Raceway
Sept. 11 – Richmond Raceway
Sept. 18 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept. 26 – Las Vegas
Oct. 3 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct. 10 – Charlotte Roval
Oct. 17 – Texas Motor Speedway
Oct. 24 – Kansas Speedway
Oct. 31 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov. 7 – Phoenix Raceway