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Indianapolis Motor Speedway IndyCar road race confirmed

Sep 26, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

Ryan Briscoe AP

In what’s hardly a surprise, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed the IndyCar Series will have a road race in the month of May next year.

The race was approved by the IMS Board of Directors today, Sept. 26, and comes after an exploratory test to examine potential course layouts earlier this month.

The date was not confirmed but it is expected to be the opening weekend of the month of May, with the race likely Saturday, May 10, per several media reports. Further details about the event will be revealed at a media event Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Speedway.

“This event will bring even more energy and action to the Month of May for fans and create another showcase for the diversity and excitement of the Speedway and the IndyCar Series,” Hulman & Company Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles said in a statement. “The new road race will further enhance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the premier motorsports destination in the world and direct an even brighter spotlight on the Indianapolis 500.”

  1. indycarseries500 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    What better way to start the month than with a race? Can’t wait to see the new configuration.

  2. midtec2005 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    There’s no point in complaining now! It’s official, hopefully it goes well. Thinking about it now, it probably won’t take away from the 500… I mean if anyone had to choose between the two, the choice is obviously the 500. I just have to wonder if anyone will show up for the road race…

  3. tgin52 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I’m glad they are going to have another race there. I just wish they had done it later in the year to fill in some of the empty time.I don’t need to spend that much money in May !!

    • midtec2005 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      You know, that’s a good point. That’s a lot of money to spend in May. They could move the Brickyard (or moto GP) to a Saturday (since no one goes anyway anymore) and hold the road race on Sunday. With IMS already having 3 race weekends, I’m not sure they could get fans for 4. But maybe…

  4. bikesgonewild - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    …i like the idea of the race & the date & now that the race has been confirmed, i’m sure if the actual early may date doesn’t work, they can adapt within future schedules…

  5. skippy2323 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    a better date would be Labor day weekend , since the Baltimore race is out for next year

    • indycarseries500 - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Probably not a good idea, they’ve always tried to be a good neighbor to IRP and I doubt they’d like an IndyCar race gooing on a few miles from the US Nationals. NASCAR was the one that pulled the Nationwide race.

  6. snoopyo - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I wonder how attendance will be because these clowns raised ticket prices for the 500 and expect people to come to another race in May.The majority of the people coming to this race will probably be from Indianapolis or close by because people from Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin are not going to travel to go to two races in the month especially after the ticket increase.I don’t understand why the brickyard’s prices go down to attend but they raise ticket prices for the 500.If they are smart which they are not they would make a package deal f both races for people who want to attend both or they would charge for the same amount as they do for practice and qualifying.

    • indycarseries500 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      You can’t fault them on raising race day ticket prices, the stupid thing was raising practice/qualifying admissions.

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