Roger Penske likes concept of a NASCAR road course race


In a season that can see the NASCAR Cup Collection race on a mud monitor 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.

Automotive proprietor Roger Penske — who acquired the NTT IndyCar Collection in 2019 — says he’s for a NASCAR road race and having extra doubleheader weekends between the 2 collection.

“I feel that’s attention-grabbing,” 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 the same sort automotive (Australian Supercars). It was somewhat 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 would actually be a possibility and one thing we must always check out.”

Penske has favored the thought for a number of years, saying in 2018: “I feel if someone needed to do (a NASCAR road course race) and put that on, it will be very attention-grabbing.”

Cup automotive proprietor Justin Marks stated in 2018 that NASCAR wanted to have a look at transferring races to road programs.

I’m an enormous believer you must take your product to the individuals,” Marks stated three years in the past. “In 2012, I went to the Lengthy Seashore Grand Prix as a competitor within the Pirelli World Problem Collection, and I keep in mind spending the weekend at that race there wanting 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 ideal cultural occasion.

“I feel that the times of individuals driving 500 miles from their residence to spend 4 days at a racetrack tenting are numbered.”

Penske stated Monday that subsequent 12 months could be too quickly for NASCAR to have a road course race with the Cup Collection debuting the Subsequent Gen automotive.

“I feel we’d like a 12 months or possibly two years to get our palms round these vehicles and know the way agile they’re and what are the prices?” Penske stated. “Does it want extra brakes, and many others, which you want. In case you’re working on a road course, you don’t have the lengthy straightaways to chill the brakes, so there’s numerous issues that turn out to be completely different. 

“You possibly can even see that at Daytona — couldn’t you? — with drivers working out of brakes down there on the finish of these stints, however these are issues we are able to adapt to, I feel, 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 glad to run on the weekend,” Penske stated of a weekend doubleheader involving each collection. “We’re making an attempt it, clearly, as we’ve executed final 12 months at Indy. We’re gonna do it once more this 12 months on the highway race, so I feel we work nicely collectively. We have now a brief race. We may run possibly two races on a Saturday, will assist the attendance for any promoter. Perhaps we run at night time. We run Saturday night time, and so they run Sunday, so there’s numerous combos. 

“I might hope that we may do extra of that. I’m open myself, but it surely’s a matter of what NASCAR needs to do with our schedule.”

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