IndyCar returning to Road America
The race is currently scheduled to take place the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. It will be one of two new events already confirmed for 2016, alongside the Grand Prix of Boston scheduled for September 2-4. They'll be joined by returning events at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Belle Isle (Detroit), and the road-course and oval races at Indianapolis. The rest of the calendar is still to be confirmed.
"I am really excited to see Road America back on the 2016 Indy car schedule," said Sebastian Bourdais, who won the last Champ Car race there in 2007. "This place allows our cars to stretch their legs fully and show what the Verizon IndyCar Series is all about. It is our duty toward road racing to continue this tradition and I could not be happier that a new deal got penciled. For me, it is the best racetrack in North America..."
Bourdais is one of ten drivers on the grid this season who have raced at the circuit. The lap record is still held by Dario Franchitti, who set a 1:39.866 lap time in qualifying back in 2000. Next year's race will be supported by all three classes of Mazda's Road to Indy program, and by the Pirelli World Challenge series. The name for the event has yet to be confirmed, but in its previous iteration was known as the Grand Prix of Road America.
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