Archive for September 1, 2019

Richmond Raceway is proud to welcome INDYCAR back to America’s Premier Short Track for the 2020 race season,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Richmond’s history in motorsports dates back to 1946 when the track hosted two AAA Championship Car events. After an eleven-year absence, we look forward to the return of the NTT IndyCar Series to Richmond as part of a weekend festival built around speed.”

Richmond has a storied history with INDYCAR having hosted nine events between 2001-2009. On June 29, 2001, Richmond became the first track that was less than one-mile that INDYCAR held a race. The NTT IndyCar Series completed its 10,000th lap in series history at America’s Premier Short Track in that first race won by Buddy Lazier.

The 2020 two-day race weekend will fall on the same weekend utilized for the previous NTT IndyCar Series races at Richmond dating back to 2001.

“We are pleased to return to the Mid-Atlantic region, one we know to be full of INDYCAR fans,” said INDYCAR CEO Mark Miles. “We’re also excited to return to historic Richmond Raceway, which was recently reimagined with a $30 million redevelopment project that modernized the infield for a better fan experience.”

Scott Dixon (2003, 2009) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2002, 2006) are tied for the most wins in INDYCAR history at Richmond. Dixon is a five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018) and the retired Hornish Jr. is a three-time champion (2001, 2002, and 2006).

“I’ve always been a big fan of Indy cars on short ovals. It’s some of the most exciting racing out there in my opinion,” said Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 for Chip Ganassi Racing. “I think everyone is looking forward to returning to Richmond Raceway. It’s a great city and a fantastic track. Our sponsor PNC Bank also has a presence in Richmond, so I think you’re going to see a lot of Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 supporters in orange and blue come race weekend.”

Helio Castroneves (2004, 2006) and Dario Franchitti (2007, 2009) are tied for the most INDYCAR pole positions in track history. In 2005, Castroneves won the closest race in track history besting Franchitti by .056 of a second. He also set the INDYCAR qualifying record at Richmond at 176.244 miles per hour (mph) in 2003.

Tony Kanaan (2008), 2004 NTT IndyCar Series champion, joins Castroneves and Dixon as the only active NTT IndyCar Series drivers who have won races previously at Richmond.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this news. I love racing in Richmond and I believe that it’s a track that suits INDYCAR very well, creating very good races,” said Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 14 for A.J. Foyt Enterprises. “I was fortunate to win there in the past and I’m looking forward to do it again.”

The weekend festival will be built around speed in numerous forms headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series to unite the Mid-Atlantic region at America’s Premier Short Track. More details about the festival will be announced in the near future.

Tickets for the NTT IndyCar Series race at America’s Premier Short Track start at $25 with special youth 16-and-under pricing at $10. RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket Holders, who have renewed for the 2020 season, have the opportunity for a special ticket offer for INDYCAR. Tickets are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com

For more on INDYCAR and the NTT IndyCar Series, visit indycar.com.

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, Sept. 1) – The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule is highlighted by a return to Richmond Raceway and eight of the 17 races featured on NBC, INDYCAR officials announced today.

Richmond Raceway will return to the NTT IndyCar Series schedule for the first time since 2009 and will be the only new addition on the 2020 schedule. The three-quarter-mile Virginia oval will play host under the lights on Saturday, June 27, and be the 11th race on the season.

“We are pleased to return to the Mid-Atlantic region, one we know to be full of INDYCAR fans,” INDYCAR CEO Mark Miles said. “We’re also excited to return to historic Richmond Raceway, which was recently reimagined with a $30 million redevelopment project that modernized the infield for a better fan experience.”

The two-day race weekend will fall on the same weekend utilized for the previous nine NTT IndyCar Series races at Richmond dating back to 2001.

“Richmond Raceway’s history in motorsports dates back to 1946 when the track hosted two AAA Championship Car events,” Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier said. “After hosting INDYCAR from 2001-2009, we now look forward to the return of the NTT IndyCar Series for our fans at America’s Premier Short Track as part of a Mid-Atlantic festival of speed on June 26-27, 2020.”

The 2020 season marks the second full season with the NBC Sports Group, which will air the races live on NBC and NBCSN in addition to programming on NBC Sports Gold. The coverage will feature eight races on NBC, including a crescendo to the finish and NTT P1 Award qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. The remaining nine races will air on NBCSN.

For the 10th consecutive year, the NTT IndyCar Series season will kick off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sunday, March 15. The opener on the scenic waterfront 1.8-mile temporary street circuit in the Gulf Coast city first hosted Indy cars in 2003 and has continuously since 2005.

The season will conclude for the second consecutive year at the historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course, where the championship-deciding race will be held Sunday, Sept. 20 – again on NBC.

Other nuances to the schedule:

  • The Circuit of The American’s race, which was the second race of this season, will move to the fourth slot and be held Sunday, April 26.
  • After running the oval race at Iowa Speedway (Saturday, July 18), the series will have a three-week break as NBC and NBCSN focus on televising the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course returns to one of its traditional weekends, moving from Sunday, July 28, this season to Sunday, Aug. 16, next year. This will begin NBC’s crescendo to the finale, with three of the final four races on network television (Mid-Ohio, Portland and Laguna Seca).
  • The break between the final two races of the season will be reduced from two weeks to one. The Grand Prix of Portland will be held Sunday, Sept. 6, while the Monterey race is set for Sunday, Sept. 20. Both will air on NBC.

The NTT IndyCar Series showcases a diversity of tracks with a schedule comprised of seven held on permanent road courses, five on temporary street circuits and five on oval tracks.

  • The centerpiece of the schedule will be the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 24. The month will open with the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the speedway’s 2.439-mile road course on Saturday, May 9. Qualifying for the 500 is Saturday, May 16, & Sunday, May 17.
  • The street race in Long Beach (Sunday, April 19) returns in April for a 37th consecutive year, which is second only to the Indianapolis 500 for most years in succession of Indy car races on the current schedule. Toronto’s Exhibition Place, another tenured event on the schedule, returns for a 36th year with its race on Sunday, July 12.
  • After celebrating its 10th INDYCAR race earlier this year, Barber Motorsports Park will host the NTT IndyCar Series on Sunday, April 5.
  • The Raceway at Belle Isle Park will host a doubleheader for the eighth consecutive year (Saturday-Sunday, May 30-31), both of which will be televised on NBC.
  • Texas Motor Speedway continues its tradition dating to 1997 of hosting a Saturday night summer race (June 6). In addition to Richmond, the NTT IndyCar Series will race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway (July 18) and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Aug. 22).
  • Road America again offers the season’s largest track at 4.048 miles, with the race set for Sunday, June 21, on NBC.

Broadcast times will be announced at a later date, but all track activity and additional exclusive content will be available on NBC Sports Gold, the direct-to-consumer product that brings subscribers closer to the NTT IndyCar Series than ever before.