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IMS president: IndyCar test coming to road course

Aug 16, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Yamaha MotoGP rider Spies of the U.S. leads Honda MotoGP rider Pedrosa of Spain and Yamaha MotoGP rider Lorenzo of Spain during the Indianapolis MotoGP AP

The chances of a future IZOD IndyCar Series event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course may be growing, as IMS president Doug Boles has told Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star that at least one IndyCar will test on the circuit in early September.

According to Cavin, the dates of Sept. 4 and 6 are being considered for the road course test. In addition, Boles said that the car will be ran in both directions around the IMS road course.

Formula One went clockwise around the course in its run at IMS in the 2000s, and the track’s MotoGP event (pictured) uses a counter-clockwise layout.

Late last month, Boles mentioned a “conceptual” possibility of an early May doubleheader that featured the IndyCars and the newly-created United SportsCar Racing, which would open festivities leading up to the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Indy’s legendary 2.5-mile oval.

Also, Hulman & Co. president Mark Miles said in May that improvements to the Brickyard’s road course would be made should an IndyCar road race come to pass.

As touched upon by MST colleague Tony DiZinno earlier today, an IndyCar race on the IMS road course may not be everyone’s cup of tea but could work out economically – especially for the IndyCar teams that are based in the Indianapolis area, who would presumably benefit from lower costs.

  1. mightyquinn29 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Count me in as one (the only?) fan who would love to see IndyCar on the IMS road course. As long as the race is not on a Friday…..

  2. wallio - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I have no problems with Indycars on the roadie. Just not in May. May is sacred, don’t screw with it. That study that IndyCar commissioned suggest ending the year at the IMS road course. a brilliant idea IMO.

  3. indycarseries500 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I wouldn’t even consider the MotoGP layout, the Formula 1 layout will give you two passing zones, faster layout and the turns in the North end of the track are designed to be run counter clockwise. Even the bikes have trouble getting around turn 13 (or turn 4 of the F1 course) because it’s designed to go the other way.

  4. Jeff - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    To bring back the true Month of May Indianapolis use to have, a road course race is a good idea. The cons: upsetting traditions, IndyCar would be adding yet another non-oval.

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