Indy Motor Speedway To Host Quadruple-Header in 2012
The weekend of next year’s Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race will be held as part of an Indianapolis Motor Speedway quadruple-header.
On the last weekend of July, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and also the Grand-Am Road Racing will join Cup Series for four races.
It will be the first time that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will make their IMS debuts.
The 19th annual Brickyard 400 for the Sprint Cup Series will race on the oval Sunday, July 29, with the Nationwide Series also racing on the oval Saturday, July 28. GRAND-AM will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the 13-turn IMS road course Friday, July 27.
The NNS race has traditionally been held at Lucas Oil Raceway Park on the same weekend as the Brickyard. That short track is located in Clermont, Ind., a western suburb of Indianapolis.
“The Super Weekend at the Brickyard will offer non-stop excitement for every auto racing fan with the addition of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “There will be competitive, fender-rubbing action from many different types of machinery for four days, featuring established stars and rising talents, on both the IMS oval and road course.
“This will be an unforgettable event and the start of a great new racing tradition at the Speedway.”
The schedule for the weekend will be as follows:
•Thursday, July 26: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
•Friday, July 27: GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge practice, qualifying and races
•Saturday, July 28: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, qualifying and race; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying
•Sunday, July 29: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 race
Brickfest, a music festival featuring a headlining national act, also will return during the Super Weekend at the Brickyard after its debut during this year’s Brickyard 400.
Details on ticket pricing, race distances for the Nationwide Series and two Grand Am events and the complete event schedule will be released at a later date.
“Today’s announcement is exciting for NASCAR and its fans,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “By bringing the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the GRAND-AM Series to the Brickyard as companion events for the Sprint Cup race in 2012, fans will now have the opportunity to see NASCAR’s top two series combined with GRAND-AM’s outstanding sports car racing compete at one of the world’s most iconic racetracks all in one exciting weekend.”
“This is a great day for GRAND-AM and for sports car racing in North America,” said GRAND-AM President Tom Bledsoe. “GRAND-AM has the finest sports car racing in North America, and we’re proud that we’ll be able to showcase our racing – with the Rolex Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge – at Indy. GRAND-AM is an organization on the move, and this announcement personifies that fact.”No Comment