Indianapolis Motor Speedway Eyeing Another NASCAR-IndyCar Double-Header

Published 09/16/2021, 10:11 AM EDT
May 30, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; The Borg Warner trophy sits with a bottle of milk on the yard of bricks before the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier this year, NASCAR and IndyCar played host to a blockbuster race weekend. To be precise, the two premier American racing series competed at the same track on the same day. The experiment was a resounding success, and the fans were given a real motor racing treat. Now, some good news has come for the fans, as there are talks of another double-header in 2022.

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Last year, the NASCAR drivers tackled the Indianapolis road course, while the Indy drivers raced on the Oval. For the coming season, though, the IMS would like the NASCAR cars to go back to the Oval. Truthfully speaking, they liked the prospect of the NASCAR cars running on the road course. On the other hand, the officials would like to see a return to the oval or have the series switch between the oval and the road course.

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Their reasoning was that the drivers and fans are attracted to the speedway’s history and prestige. In other words, it is ‘traditional’ for the stock car series to race on the Oval. Owing to this, the IMS officials plan to hold talks with NASCAR to shift back to the Oval arena.

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NASCAR will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2022

On Wednesday, the officials unveiled the 2022 Cup Series calendar. To the delight of the fans, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been included in the schedule. So, in 2022, the Cup Series drivers will head to the iconic venue on July 31. It is also worth mentioning that this race is bang in the middle of multiple back-to-back race weekends.

May 30, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; The Indy series during the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

From June 26 onwards, there is almost no respite for the drivers. In fact, that weekend starts a 10-race streak all the way until the regular season finale at Daytona on August 27. The back-to-back weekends continue through the Playoffs, all the way until the season finale on November 6. Without a doubt, fans will be excited to go back to the IMS in 2022 for the NASCAR race.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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