On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, our Jeff Burton broke down how the rough terrain, worn-in track and grooves of Kentucky Speedway separate it from other 1.5 mile tracks.
Saturday marks only the fourth time that Sprint Cup cars have raced on the tri-oval there (Kyle Busch won the first Cup race there in 2011, followed by Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Matt Kenseth in last year’s race).
However, Kentucky Speedway has hosted the Camping World Truck Series since 2000 (first winner: current Sprint Cup star Greg Biffle) and Nationwide Series since 2001 (first winner: also a present-day Sprint Cup star, Kevin Harvick).
Kyle Kaiser will make his step up for his initial four-race program into the Verizon IndyCar Series with the team that’s brought him all his success in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires: Juncos Racing.
The 21-year-old American will race at next year’s Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Grand Prix along with two other races in the 2018 season, as his reward for winning this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and the $1 million Mazda Motorsports Advancement Scholarship that comes with it.
At the moment the plan is just for a partial season as both driver and team are new to IndyCar. Kaiser hasn’t yet tested an IndyCar and Ricardo Juncos’ team made its debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
More to follow.