IndyCar Series officials have given the green light for two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on next year’s calendar.
The championship’s organising body has announced the category will race on the Speedway’s road course at the beginning of May, as part of the build-up to the signature 500-mile race around the Speedway’s oval layout.
The announcement follows a successful evaluation test by IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal, who put his Dallara DW12 through its paces in a series-sanctioned test earlier this month.
The championship has struggled in recent years with sustaining fan interest throughout the famous ‘Month of May’, with dwindling attendance figures for the practice and qualifying days that lead up to the main event race at the end of the month.
“This event will bring even more energy and action to the Month of May for fans and create another showcase for the diversity and excitement of the Speedway and the IndyCar Series,” the circuit’s CEO, Mark Miles, said.
“The new road race will further enhance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the premier motorsports destination in the world and direct an even brighter spotlight on the Indianapolis 500.”
The IndyCar Series has never raced on the former Formula 1 layout, which currently serves as a round of the MotoGP World Championship. The infield designed has copped plenty of criticism for its lack of overtaking opportunities, but IndyCar officials have confirmed that the design would undergo modifications to improve in-race passing and spectator viewing areas.