NASCAR/IndyCar Indy double switches to the highway course
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a NASCAR/IndyCar doubleheader in August 2021, and each will use the highway course.
IMS observe president Doug Boles introduced a change to NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 on Wednesday morning, which places Cup Sequence driver on the identical 14-turn highway course as IndyCar. The NTT IndyCar Sequence will run on August 14 with the Cup Sequence race on August. 15.
“This yr, we acquired to do one thing actually cool, the primary time you had IndyCar and NASCAR on the identical weekend on the identical racetrack, and it was a implausible alternative for us,” mentioned Boles. “The bummer was we didn’t get to have any followers. So, we’ve been fascinated about 2021 and persevering with that custom of IndyCar and NASCAR on the identical weekend, so we’re going to do it once more, however we’re going to throw a bit of little bit of twist in there.
“We’re going to do it utterly on our 14-turn highway course. So, which means the Indy vehicles can be there, and the Cup vehicles can be on the highway course. Similar weekend, identical racetrack, identical format.”
The Xfinity Sequence ran the highway course for the primary time this season (pictured above). IndyCar was additionally on the town that very same weekend. Nevertheless, the 2 garages weren’t capable of work together due to COVID-19 restrictions. No determination has been made on the ’21 Xfinity Sequence race.
NASCAR arrived in Indianapolis in 1994, and the Brickyard has at all times been on the oval observe.
“All of us had been glued to our TVs,” mentioned Joey Logano of the NXS race. “Anytime there’s a new racetrack like that for NASCAR, and likewise driving for Crew Penske, (seeing) what they put collectively was very fascinating, and all of us needed to see what it was going to be. Boy, it didn’t disappoint. What an unimaginable end with Chase Briscoe and AJ (Allmendinger), and Austin Cindric all battling it out to the top. You had tire put on, which I believed was very fascinating.
“Our vehicles had been slipping and sliding, which, as a driver, is numerous enjoyable. You need to see tire put on; you need to see the penalty of working too exhausting, the technique play that comes into it. Particularly on highway programs. What are tires value? And it being difficult getting by way of the sphere. I believe it’s going to throw numerous loops into the race and see the way it goes. Boy, it turned out to be a loopy race on the finish. By the top, I mentioned, that was nice. I hope we get to do that. I need to get on that racetrack with our Cup vehicles and see what it’s like with 40 of us loopy guys on the market.”
Boles mentioned he feels this could possibly be a long-term match for Indianapolis and NASCAR. He’s wanting ahead to suggestions after the inaugural occasion.
“I believe it’s an amazing factor for everyone to race collectively,” mentioned IndyCar racer Graham Rahal. “I believe it’s nice for the Speedway, it’s nice for NASCAR, it’s nice for IndyCar, it’s nice for the followers — most significantly, for everyone to be there at one time and be capable to get pleasure from it collectively. I’m enthusiastic about it. I believe it’s an excellent alternative for each sports activities to assist carry one another; clearly, proper now, all tides rise collectively, and motorsports, normally, may also help push one another to the highest.
“It’s going to be nice to see the Cup vehicles, as properly. It’s undoubtedly a quick highway course format, the format. I believe to see them going into Flip 1 and Flip 7, and all these areas, it’s going to be a take a look at for the brakes. It needs to be nice.”