Reports: IndyCar Series expected to announce 2015 race near New Orleans

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According to multiple media reports, officials of the Verizon IndyCar Series are expected to announce Monday that the series will hold a race next season in suburban New Orleans.

The race will reportedly take place on the 2.75-mile road course at NOLA Motorsports Park in suburban Avondale, La., about 15 miles from the Big Easy.

IndyCar has never raced in or near New Orleans. The IMSA series held a street race through downtown in 1995.

It’s unclear whether the series will expand its schedule to accommodate the new race, or if a race will be taken away from an existing venue. Series officials are expected to address that in a press conference scheduled at the track on Monday.

Of this season’s 18 races, 12 are on street or road courses. If reports are accurate, it would be the second straight road course added to the schedule in as many years. Indianapolis Motor Speedway was awarded and will host its first IndyCar road course race on May 10.

NOLAMP was designed by Alan Wilson, who also designed Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., which hosted last weekend’s IndyCar race, as well as Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City.

NOLAMP opened in 2011 and has hosted a variety of smaller open-wheel series including Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000. The $60 million facility also hosted an AMA motorcycle event in 2012.

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Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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