IndyCar to run Indianapolis road course
27 September 2013 – IndyCar chiefs have given the go ahead for a road course event to take place at Indianapolis, with the race intended to form part of the build up to the signature 500 mile event in May 2014.
It will be the first time the series has used the infield track, which is currently the location of the U.S. round of the MotoGP World Championship. While the circuit was unpopular during its Formula 1 days, IndyCar officials have revealed that they intend to reconfigure its design over the winter in an attempt to create better passing and viewing opportunities.
"I think the road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to the excitement surrounding the Month of May in Indianapolis," said team owner Roger Penske. "I am encouraged that the leadership at IMS and INDYCAR is exploring new opportunities to help elevate our sport.
"As someone who has been fortunate enough to win the Indy 500, I can tell you that it would be great to win that first IndyCar race on the road course."
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal added that he was sure the event would help to promote, rather than detract from, IndyCar’s signature race.
"When I did the test I loved it. I think it will present a great opportunity for us as a series to put on a great show," he said. "I think it presents itself as a different opportunity than the '500' and that's the biggest thing."