One of the
more interesting pieces from the recent announcement regarding changes to the 2020
IndyCar schedule is that there is now a shared weekend with NASCAR at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
weekend does not include the Indy 500, which will now take place in August, but
rather the GMR Grand Prix which will be run on the Indianapolis road course and
the annual 400 mile NASCAR race on the oval.
will mark the first time that IndyCar and the NASCAR Cup Series have shared a
race weekend at the same venue. It is
also the first year that the NASCAR Xfinity Series will run a race on the road
course at Indianapolis.
this weekend falls on July 4-5 and will be the first year that NASCAR has
shifted its Independence Day race from Daytona to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” said
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles.
appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this
matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing
The exact timeline is still being
finalized, but the plan is for IndyCar to run its race on Saturday with the
Xfinity Series race to immediately follow.
The NASCAR Cup Series race would then be run on the oval course the next
All of this hinges, of course, on
restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic being lifted by early July, just over
three months from now.
This combined weekend presents a good
opportunity for drivers to run in multiple series if they would be up to the
There is precedent for this type of
crossover. Multiple drivers have run the
Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the
same day, including Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and, most recently, Kurt Busch
At this time, no announcements
regarding drivers intending to run both races during this year’s combined
weekend have been made, but there are some rumored to be interested.