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Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR, IndyCar all agree: Hold ‘events’, not just races

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR, IndyCar all agree: Hold 'events', not just races

INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was announced that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to the iconic venue next September as the headline event of a full weekend of action dubbed the “IMSA Battle on the Bricks.”

For the first time since 2014, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will compete on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course in a two-hour, 40-minute race.

The event was described as a three-day festival showcasing the pinnacle of sports car racing, with unparalleled fan access to the garage area throughout the weekend so race fans in the IMS infield can get up close and personal with their favorite sports cars, drivers and team.

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What Automotive Events Are You Excited For This Summer?

What Automotive Events Are You Excited For This Summer?

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Whether it’s a race meet or a car show, we want to hear what you’re planning this summer.
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Here in New York, the days are getting longer, the nights are getting hotter and the amount I pay in rent to have easy access to delicious ice cream is finally paying off. That’s right, it’s almost summer! But summer isn’t only about ice cream, it’s also about attending some excellent auto events.

This month, we’ve got some absolute belters in the pipeline, from the Monaco Grand Prix and the 106th running of the Indy 500, to Florida’s round of Formula Drift and Rally Portugal in a few week’s time.

And with events returning to calendars as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, we thought now was a great time to find out what automotive meetups you are excited for this summer. So, what have you got coming up?

I’m getting pretty excited for the return of Formula E to New York City in July. The all-electric series takes over the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for two days of racing, and a few of us from Jalopnik are heading down to see what it’s all about.

Then, later in the season, I’m getting my sights set on attending my first ever NASCAR race. I’ve got a few options in mind, but am always open to suggestions on which would be the best event to soak up the all-American NASCAR experience.

Fingers crossed there’ll also be time for a few weekend road trips and maybe a local car meet or two!

But what about you, what automotive events do you have penciled into the calendar for summer 2022? Head to the comments section below and let us know what races, car meets, track days or even museum visits you have coming up.

Maybe we’ll even be able to meet a few of you out and about later on this year.

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Provincial Government Secures Multi-Year Partnership Agreement with NASCAR – News Releases

The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation today announced that the Provincial Government has entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with NASCAR. The partnership will see three Pinty’s Series races held in Newfoundland and Labrador over the next three years. This is Canada’s largest national motorsports series, and the agreement is the first time a Pinty’s Series race has been hosted on an island. Newfoundland and Labrador is only the fifth province to host a NASCAR race.

As part of Come Home 2022, the first NASCAR Pinty’s Series Race, the PRO•LINE 225, will take place at the Eastbound International Speedway and Concert Park in Avondale on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Tickets for this race can be purchased online here beginning Friday, April 15, 2022, at 12:00 p.m.

The week leading up to the first race will be NASCAR Week with a series of family-friendly activities and events including a NASCAR vehicle parade from the port in Argentia to the Eastbound International Speedway and Concert Park, a Meet the Teams autograph session, and a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series race on Friday, June 24. It is estimated that the events of the weekend will attract close to 10,000 spectators.

The partnership agreement will see a total investment of $665,000 from the Provincial Government over three years – $305,000 in 2022 and $180,000 in 2023 and 2024 respectively. The NASCAR races and associated events are anticipated to generate an estimated $5.4 million for the provincial economy.

Come Home 2022 aims to encourage former residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to come home, remind residents of the wonders here in their own ‘backyard,’ and complement ongoing work to attract visitors earlier in the season and expand ongoing marketing efforts with non-resident visitors. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians everywhere can visit to sign up for the Come Home e-newsletter which will share event announcements and information throughout the year. They can also follow ComeHome2022 on Facebook and Instagram to get up-to-date celebration information.

“This is an exciting partnership for Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism and hospitality industries. NASCAR is an international organization with a wide reach, and we look forward to inspiring fans here in our province and all over the world. Hosting these races in our province puts us on the world stage and we’re ready to put on a show. NASCAR, you’re in for an incredible display of fan support and dedication, as well as a true destination experience.”
Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“As a signature Come Home 2022 event, this multi-year partnership agreement with NASCAR offers a new and unique event for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to enjoy. The icing on the cake is the incredible benefits these races will bring to our communities and our tourism and hospitality industries, as Come Home 2022 continues to offer exciting experiences for everyone to enjoy.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

“Bringing the NASCAR Pinty’s Series to Atlantic Canada is a historic milestone for NASCAR in Canada. As Canada’s largest national motorsports series, we strive to bring the exciting side-by-side racing NASCAR is known for to fans across the country. Partnering with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will give our fans on the eastern coast a great chance to get the full NASCAR experience.”
Chad Siegle
NASCAR Vice-President of International Business Development

“I am so proud to be hosting the NASCAR Pinty’s Series starting with the Come Home 2022 celebration. To have this level of drivers in Newfoundland and Labrador is a dream come true and one of the reasons we built Eastbound International Speedway. With TSN and FloRacing coverage, the town of Avondale and Eastbound International Speedway will once again be highlighted internationally thanks to the hard work of our team, the province, and the town of Avondale.”
Patrick Squires
Owner of Eastbound International Speedway and Concert Park.

“Our tourism industry welcomes events of this nature. They provide a direct economic benefit to our community and help put Newfoundland and Labrador on the world stage. With our world-class event facilities, our unique cultural and natural attractions, and the renowned hospitality of our people, St. John’s and the Northeast Avalon are well-positioned to attract and host many more national and international events.”
Cathy Duke
Chief Executive Officer, Destination St. John’s

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Nitro Rallycross Doubles Calendar To Ten Events In Six Countries

Nitro Rallycross Doubles Calendar To Ten Events In Six Countries

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In 2021 Nitro Rallycross really kicked off in a big way, setting up a five-race season across the United States, and grabbed some pretty big names from global motorsport. It was a fairly short season, kicking off in September and running through early December, so it was nice and easy to knock out, and allowed NASCAR talent like Chase Elliot and Kyle Busch to come compete for a round or two. That run laid the foundation for a 2022-23 extended season to run during most championships’ off seasons, and now it’s twice as many races happening in six times as many countries!


June 18-19, 2022 // England (Lydden Hill Race Circuit)

July 30-31, 2022 // Sweden

August 27-28, 2022 // Finland

October 1-2, 2022 // Minneapolis, USA

October 29-30, 2022 // Los Angeles, USA

November 12-13, 2022 // Phoenix, USA

December 10-11, 2022 // Saudi Arabia

January 21-22, 2023 // Quebec, Canada

February 4-5, 2023 // Alberta, Canada

March TBA, 2023 // Nitro RX 2022-23 Series Finale // TBA, USA

(*Subject to change)

As part of this massive increase in rounds, the series is branching out into different disciplines of rallycross. Obviously one of the coolest things on the calendar is a return of international rallycross to Lydden Hill over in England. That circuit combines dirt and tarmac, and remains a legendary spot in the sport. There will also be stadium rounds, snow and ice rounds, and more. It should be a properly awesome series of events.

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At the top tier of Nitro Rallycross is the new Group E class, which will be an all-electric exhibition for the new FC1-X racer to flex its 1070 horsepower on track. The FC1-X, shown above, is a joint venture between QEV Technologies and Nitro RX to develop a super powerful electric machine that can handle all of the stuff a rallycross would throw at it. Allegedly it’ll run from 0-60 in just 1.4 seconds, even on dirt!

“The FC1-X blew my mind straight out the box, not only from a performance point of view but also with its toughness given the amount of laps we could do on a frozen lake up north in Sweden,” said Andreas Bakkerud, who sampled the new vehicle in demo sessions at Race of Champions. “The car itself is very promising to drive, loads of power – just like us rallycross drivers like it. It’s going be a blast going head to head with this new car and to see which team can first find that little detail in performance gain for the first few races.”

Alongside Group E, the Supercar class will again make a return, giving the world the classic battles between Subarus, Audis, Peugeots, Fords, Hondas, Hyundais, and more! According to the series, there is a long list of stars from F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP and others that want to come participate in Nitro RX as a one-off entry. That should go over well with the fans.

Travis Pastrana, series founder and 2021 champion, is no dummy. He’s really smart when it comes to development and growth of an international brand. I hope that he can do for rally in North America what he has done for everything else he has touched in the last two decades.

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World Wide Technology Raceway partners with Lundy’s Special Events for concessions and corporate hospitality for NASCAR, INDYCAR, NHRA weekends

World Wide Technology Raceway partners with Lundy’s Special Events for concessions and corporate hospitality for NASCAR, INDYCAR, NHRA weekends

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, has partnered with Lundy’s Special Events for corporate hospitality and concessions for its NASCAR Cup Series, NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series weekends.

Lundy’s Special Events has been involved in achieving winning VIP experiences at some of the most important racing and sporting events in the nation. Celebrating over 51 years in business, Lundy’s began as a family-owned catering firm to the thoroughbred industry. Today, under close supervision of the founding family members, Lundy’s has embarked with the third generation, becoming a powerhouse of special event companies offering services that provide solutions to events of every size in locations that span from racetracks, stadiums, empty fields and incredible ballrooms.

“We conducted an extensive search for the right fit for catering and concessions as it pertains to our major event weekends here at WWTR,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “We wanted to make sure we found the company that could represent our family-friendly atmosphere and offered quality food at reasonable prices. After seeing Lundy’s in action at the St. Pete Grand Prix, as well as having attended events they’ve serviced for more than 30 years, we knew they would be a great fit. Just like the ownership of WWTR, the ownership team at Lundy’s is on site, working hard, and making sure the customer is having a great experience.

‘We also know the team at Lundy’s can deliver a great selection of national and local food selections that will appeal to everyone. Having watched them for many years, we know they can quickly streamline the ordering and payment operations so that fans can grab a meal and return quickly to their seats without missing any of the on-track action. Unlike many of the vendors that service major events, Lundy’s is working closely with the track to ensure that affordability is key. We want fans to know they can spend a day at the races and enjoy a wide range of items at prices everyone can afford.”

“We are excited and thrilled to partner with World Wide Technology Raceway for the 2022 racing season,” said Alissa Tibe, President of the Sports and Hospitality Division of LSE. “The ambitious vision that WWTR owner Curtis Francois has created is palpable and we look forward to being part of this amazing team. As a family-owned business, we take great pride in working within a new community, we look forward to developing lasting friendships and developing a wining food and beverage experience for all of our guests.”

WWTR concession stands and vendors will accept both cash and credit cards during the major event weekends.

WWTR will host its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race – the Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented By TicketSmarter – on Sunday, June 5. Leading up to the Cup Series race, WWTR’s festive NASCAR Weekend will include a downtown NASCAR hauler parade, a fan fest at Ballpark Village, the inaugural #CupTimeSTL Short Track Classic at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota 200. For tickets and additional information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow WWTR on social media (@wwtraceway) for additional information. WWTR is the only track in the world that offers NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing at one facility.


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NASCAR could look into these five stadiums for events after Busch Clash at the L.A. Coliseum

NASCAR could look into these five stadiums for events after Busch Clash at the L.A. Coliseum

After months of anticipation tempered with healthy skepticism as to whether or not such a feat could be pulled off, NASCAR can gladly call the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum a resounding success: Last Sunday’s preseason exhibition race accomplished all of its objectives both on and off the track, as NASCAR’s purpose-built quarter-mile track within the confines of a major sports stadium put on an exciting race in a new, cosmopolitan setting for a new, largely cosmopolitan audience. By all metrics, from attendance to TV ratings, the event was a hit that both breathed new life into the once-stagnant Clash and advanced many objectives towards NASCAR’s growth.

With the Los Angeles Coliseum proving that NASCAR can successfully put on a race at a temporary oval in a stadium, an entirely new range of possibilities is suddenly open to the sport of stock car racing. Theoretically, NASCAR can now put on a race just about anywhere, and the constraints of needing a purpose-built racetrack or course need no longer apply.

This was far from lost on NASCAR officials and competitors alike. In the leadup to the Clash, both discussed the idea that a successful event could allow the sport to transplant the Coliseum track and race anywhere both in the United States and around the world.

“If it does work, shoot, pick up the walls and set them down somewhere else and keep going. Go from one stadium to the next,” Joey Logano said in a story by Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic. “I think it’s awesome that if this does work, it gives us the ability to race downtown. It gives us the ability to race in the middle of cities where the stadiums are placed. And if we can do that, I think that brings our sport to a whole different level.”

“You think about some of the new markets for our existing international series and then expanding into others with a handful of existing road courses that you could go to out there,” NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation Ben Kennedy said in a story by Dustin Long of NBC Sports. “Not a ton of short tracks. We have a ton of soccer stadiums. We’ve talked about this for a number of years of building a temporary track inside of it. We haven’t had the chance to do it internationally yet.”

Granted, the boundlessness of imagination is somewhat tempered by practical considerations — A quarter-mile oval like the Coliseum track would likely only be suited for a special event with smaller fields like the Clash or the annual NASCAR All-Star Race. But in the days after the Clash at the Coliseum, thinking of which major sporting stadiums both in the United States and around the world could pull a similar event off is a fun and worthy exercise.

With that considered, here are five stadiums where NASCAR could potentially choose to hold a race like the Clash at the Coliseum in the future.

Yankee Stadium – The Bronx, New York

For ages, the New York City market has served as the Great White Whale of NASCAR:. It presents the biggest city and media market possible for any sport in America, but its immediate area lacks a racetrack capable of hosting NASCAR racing. NASCAR famously tried to get a racetrack built in Staten Island in the 2000s, but that effort was crushed by the misgivings of NIMBYers and local politicians.

But the Clash now presents an easy workaround. Theoretically, NASCAR could race in New York City without having to go through the effort of building an actual racetrack. And what better place to do that than Yankee Stadium? The home of the New York Yankees and located in the very heart of The Bronx, Yankee Stadium presents a world-famous venue.

Granted, there would be a few impediments towards actually racing at Yankee Stadium: No track-building effort could interrupt the Yankees’ season, and the possibility of winter storms make holding a race in a similar timeframe to last Sunday’s Clash less than tenable — Not to mention the minefield that local New York politics and red tape presents. If the latter proves overwhelming for NASCAR, MetLife Stadium just across the Hudson River — home to the New York Giants and Jets — would work just as well.

Tokyo Dome – Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

In terms of international markets, there is already a great familiarity and comfort for NASCAR in Japan. The sport held multiple offseason exhibition races there in the 1990s, which were held at both Suzuka Circuit and Twin Ring Motegi. Japan itself also has a rich history of both domestic and international racing, best highlighted by Formula 1’s long-standing Japanese Grand Prix.

Theoretically, NASCAR racing in Tokyo at the city’s most identifiable arena — home to the Nippon League’s Yomirui Giants — would make an ideal pairing. Granted, actually racing within a domed stadium would require some intuitive thinking and development — particularly given both indoor emissions and noise mitigation — but the presence of Monster Truck races at the Dome as well as the Chili Bowl Nationals for midget sprint cars in the United States shows that it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Caesars Superdome – New Orleans, Louisiana

In spite of its origins and rich heritage within the southeast, one major southern market that NASCAR has never quite penetrated has been New Orleans, Louisiana. A major party city and many times a Super Bowl host city, NASCAR has little to no history in New Orleans, and the auto racing industry as a large has only recently began to make a footprint within it with the opening of NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale a decade ago.

Holding the Clash at the Superdome — during a non-Super Bowl year — would quickly fix that. And it would create an engaging, exciting environment for fans, drivers, and teams that couldn’t be replicated anywhere else. Especially so close to Mardi Gras.

Wembley Stadium – London, England

Through the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, stock car racing already has a seat at the table in the European racing scene. And in the United Kingdom, NASCAR racing occurs at Brands Hatch in West Kingsdown. But while road course racing has become a greater part of NASCAR over the past 10 years, it isn’t the most practical for serving as an exhibition to audiences that don’t already watch Formula 1 or other forms of racing popular across the pond.

Enter Wembley Stadium. The largest stadium in the UK and one of the most iconic venues in all of soccer, Wembley presents fertile and ideal grounds for NASCAR to construct a racetrack reminiscent of the one built at the L.A. Coliseum. For what it’s worth, a NASCAR race in Great Britain could attract the presence of the nation’s great racers, including current F1 star Lewis Hamilton as well as living past champions like Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, and Jenson Button.

Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, Colorado

While their interest has more understated compared to markets like New York, NASCAR has long had interest in entering the Denver market, which presents something of ample ground for racing. Furniture Row Racing, which won the 2017 Cup Series championship with Martin Truex Jr., was based in Denver. And Colorado itself has a rich motorsports history that includes NASCAR, as what are now the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series raced at Pikes Peak International Raceway — in the shadow of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb — from 1998 to 2005.

Using Empower Field at Mile High, the home of the Denver Broncos, presents a ripe opportunity for NASCAR to get back into the market. While football season and the mountain winters may not make Mile High suited for the Clash, it would make for a perfect site for the All-Star Race at midseason, should NASCAR choose to take a similar direction with the All-Star Race as they have with the Clash.

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Motor racing-LA Coliseum race could lead to more NASCAR events in unlikely places

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LOS ANGELES — NASCAR’s first-of-its-kind race on a temporary asphalt track inside LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday led drivers to offer their thoughts on where similar events could be staged in the future.

Joey Logano beat Kyle Busch to win the season-opening exhibition race at the century-old venue in downtown Los Angeles, which has hosted Olympics and Super Bowls but never a NASCAR event.

“I can’t believe we’re here,” Logano said after earning his second career win of a Clash event on a sun-soaked day in Southern California.

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“This is an amazing event. Congratulations to NASCAR. This is such a huge step in our industry to be able to do this and to put on an amazing race for everybody. I’m out of breath. I’m so excited about this. It was a big win.”

Third place finisher Austin Dillon suggested NASCAR build a temporary track inside the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

Others saw opportunities for NASCAR to expand its reach overseas.

“For me, I look at the NFL and what they do in London,” said Kevin Harvick, who finished in 10th place.

“In order to really open doors, I think Wembley Stadium would be fun. I think everyone wants to do something but the weather has to be different.”

NASCAR officials said they are exploring a variety of options.

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“Everything is open,” Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell told reporters after the race.

“We’ve proven we can go to a cool stadium with a track around it and we know what to do, we can get in and out,” he said.

“Ben, if he hasn’t already, is already studying the footprints of a lot of different stadiums in the U.S.,” said O’Donnell, referring to NASCAR Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Ben Kennedy.

“What works, what may not work. But we’re also pretty happy here.”

NASCAR now moves on the Daytona 500, which will be held in two weeks.

(Additional reporting by Lewis Franck; Editing by Stephen Coates)