NASCAR Xfinity series to race on road-course at Indy this July
Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday that the NASCAR Xfinity Series race scheduled on July 4 will be held on the facility’s road-course layout.
New track owner Roger Penske and IMS president Doug Boles made the announcement during a press conference at the track, where NASCAR’s annual doubleheader will occupy a new date, Independence Day weekend in 2020.
The track has used a 2.439-mile circuit for its Grand Prix since 2014, using part of the oval connected by infield sections in a clockwise configuration.
The NASCAR Cup Series race is set for July 5; the Xfinity Series’ event scheduled the previous day will mark the first-time stock cars have run on an IMS layout other than the 2.5-mile oval. Indy has hosted the Xfinity Series since 2012.
“As we’ve seen in recent years, road-course racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series provides some of the most thrilling action of the entire season, and we are excited to bring it to an iconic venue like Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. “Roger, Doug and the entire IMS team have been tremendous partners in growing the Brickyard weekend, and we’re looking forward to what promises to be a must-see event during July 4th weekend.”
The Xfinity Series will now hold five of its 33 races this season on road courses. The IMS layout joins Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (May 30), Road America (Aug. 8), Watkins Glen International (Aug. 15) and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Oct. 10) as road races on the 2020 schedule. The Cup Series is scheduled for three road-course races this season, and the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series has one.
Indianapolis used a 2.605-mile oval-road course layout for Formula One’s United States Grand Prix from 2000-07 and a 2.621-mile counterclockwise circuit for MotoGP events from 2008-15.
NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto will test the road course configurations at Indianapolis next week and the test will help determine any layout modifications for July’s stock-car debut.