Just like Le Mans is to endurance racing, the IndyCar Series is inexorably tied to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If only the series could come home to its birthplace more than once a year.

Well, that just might happen as soon as next season. While running on the banked oval twice in the same season (like Indy Lights did from 2005-2007) might not be the best option, series organizers are reportedly considering including a second race at Indy for next season on the infield road course – the setup which Formula One used for the United States Grand Prix between 2000 and 2007 and which MotoGP used this past weekend.

Word has it that one or more teams will run a test on the Indy road course sometime next month in both the clockwise (F1) and counter-clockwise (MotoGP) direction. From there, series organizers will evaluate whether it'd be suitable for a race next season.


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      phreshoneTX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope so.. and they should go to Europe for 3-4 races while F1 is in 'Holiday' ... and NASCAR should run the Daytona road course (in the fall, in the chase, third visit a year)
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Miss the USGP@Indy. Would go to this in a heartbeat.
      Number23
      • 1 Year Ago
      I went to the USGP at Indy from 2000-2006 and MotoGP 2008-2009 and I love the place. Indy has great ticket prices, lots of bathrooms, lots of parking, tasty and fairly priced concession and a very reasonable cooler policy. More Indy!
      DMac
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd consider heading back to an old stomping grounds for this. I missed out on seeing the F1 races there.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously, a great venue and a pretty nice track but I can imagine the grandstands being rather empty though.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes! It seems like this should have already happened, IMHO. I'm in. Road trip!
      StephenT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would say no. Indy has three different series that are run there and to have a repeat for Indy car would lead to pretty empty stands I think.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anything is better then running in circles!
        TopGun
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        This is the typical simpleton response. Anything can be brought down to it's most base element and sound silly. Indy, and oval racing in general, is way more complex that it looks. Ask Montoya how easy it is.
      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      as long as they are not running on Michelin tires
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Indy car should have done this years ago and It should be the season finale.
        TopGun
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        Disagree totally. What makes Indy special is because it's "indy"...and it's "special". If they go back twice a year, it reduces the brand equity of the Indy 500...which sadly, is still worth much of IndyCar does these days. No...it won't take a year....it may take 10 years.
          rtkewley
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TopGun
          I don't disagree, but the reality is that the Hulman-George family has been reducing the 'brand equity' of the Brickyard for the last decade plus...
      Hal Jordan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better yet, replace the Indy 500 oval track with the road course. Sometimes I watch the road course and street circuity races, but I never watch the ovals. Boring. In fact, I think they should make the Indy 500 a "run what you brung" race. No rules. Just bring it. Now THAT would be something!
        Justin Wilkinson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hal Jordan
        Someone obviously didn't watch the 500 from this past year as it was easily the most exciting 500 in a long time.
      8LiterHemiV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's already 10 Road/Street courses on indy's calendar. Right now they have the perfect mix of Ovals and Road courses, Also the infield is an over-glorified go-kart track. Anybody watch the Grand-am race there this year, You'll fall asleep on lap 2.
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