In a season that can see the NASCAR Cup Collection race on a mud observe for the primary time since 1970 and extra highway programs than it has in a single 12 months, about the one factor lacking is a race on a road course.
Automobile proprietor Roger Penske — who acquired the NTT IndyCar Series in 2019 — says he’s for a NASCAR road race and having extra doubleheader weekends between the 2 sequence.
“I believe that’s fascinating,” Penske stated throughout a Zoom with media Monday on the idea of NASCAR and IndyCar holding races on a road course on the identical weekend. “Bear in mind down in Australia we ran an analogous kind automotive (Australian Supercars). It was a little bit bit smaller, however we ran each week down there and each race was on some form of a road or a everlasting highway course and it was nice. So, that might actually be a chance and one thing we must always check out.”
Penske has liked the idea for a few years, saying in 2018: “I believe if any person needed to do (a NASCAR road course race) and put that on, it will be very fascinating.”
Cup automotive proprietor Justin Marks stated in 2018 that NASCAR wanted to take a look at transferring races to road programs.
“I’m a huge believer you have to take your product to the people,” Marks stated three years in the past. “In 2012, I went to the Lengthy Seaside Grand Prix as a competitor within the Pirelli World Problem Collection, and I keep in mind spending the weekend at that race there trying round at 100,000 individuals and considering that 90,000 of those individuals aren’t racing followers. They’re right here as a result of it’s an amazing cultural occasion.
“I believe that the times of individuals driving 500 miles from their house to spend 4 days at a racetrack tenting are numbered.”
Penske stated Monday that subsequent 12 months is likely to be too quickly for NASCAR to have a road course race with the Cup Collection debuting the Subsequent Gen automotive.
“I believe we’d like a 12 months or perhaps two years to get our fingers round these vehicles and understand how agile they’re and what are the prices?” Penske stated. “Does it want extra brakes, and so on, which you want. If you happen to’re operating on a road course, you don’t have the lengthy straightaways to chill the brakes, so there’s loads of issues that grow to be completely different.
“You may even see that at Daytona — couldn’t you? — with drivers operating out of brakes down there on the finish of these stints, however these are issues we will adapt to, I believe, in a short time as groups.”
NASCAR and IndyCar once more will race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile course on the identical weekend this 12 months. They’ll each race on the identical weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second 12 months in a row. This time, the NTT IndyCar Collection, NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Collection all will race on the highway course. The IndyCar Collection will race there on Aug. 14 and be adopted by the Xfinity Collection race that day. The Cup Collection races on that Indy highway course on Aug. 15.
“I’ve had conversations with (NASCAR President Steve) Phelps, that we’d be very completely satisfied to run on the weekend,” Penske stated of a weekend doubleheader involving each sequence. “We’re making an attempt it, clearly, as we’ve completed final 12 months at Indy. We’re gonna do it once more this 12 months on the highway race, so I believe we work properly collectively. Now we have a brief race. We may run perhaps two races on a Saturday, will assist the attendance for any promoter. Possibly we run at evening. We run Saturday evening, they usually run Sunday, so there’s a number of mixtures.
“I might hope that we may do extra of that. I’m open myself, nevertheless it’s a matter of what NASCAR desires to do with our schedule.”