INDYCAR have confirmed the highly anticipated return of INDYCAR competition to Road America, with the event set for June 24-26th 2016. The event will comprise of the Verizon Indycar Series, in addition to all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system.
American open-wheel racing has a long history at the venue, with sanctioned events by USAC, CART and ChampCar having raced at the circuit situated at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin from 1982-2007. Previous American open-wheel competition winners at the venue have included Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Jacques Villeneuve, with the most recent winner Sebastien Bourdais still an active driver in the series.
The response from both Indycar and Road America is very well received by the fanbase, who have long requested the return of the venue to the calendar, further placing into context, the words from Mark Miles and Derrick Walker below.
“We know how revered Road America is by our drivers, teams and fans and we’re confident it will be a great event on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We’re thankful to (Road America president and general manager) George Bruggenthies and his staff for their collaboration in bringing INDYCAR back to one of the most iconic road courses in North America. This event, along with a new street race in Boston, are integral additions for 2016 as our efforts to finalize the entire schedule continue to progress.”
Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations, fielded entries at most of the past Road America races as a team owner or manager. Walker visited the track several times during negotiations for the 2016 event and is confident Road America will bring out the best in the present-day Indy cars.
“It’s truly great news that open-wheel racing will be back at Road America,” Walker said. “It’s a classic road course: long, with almost every type of challenging corner. The track is designed to make full use of the natural terrain, which makes for great spectator locations to see the Verizon IndyCar Series at its best. In addition, our cars at Road America with aero kits will showcase some very exciting racing for our fans.”
The 2016 schedule which Mark Miles makes reference to, is taking shape with seven venues now confirmed for the season and several current Indycar venues yet to be confirmed. Additionally a great deal of new found excitement exists around the calendar for 2016, with more potential classic venues rumoured to return in addition to Road America.
To celebrate INDYCAR returning to Road America. The series has uploaded the 2007 Champcar race to it’s official Youtube channel.