NASCAR returns to Irwindale Speedway

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Great news from the short track circuit, as California’s Irwindale Speedway is set to host lower-level NASCAR racing once again starting tomorrow night.

The half-mile oval in suburban Los Angeles had been known as a home for some of NASCAR’s minor-league categories such as the Whelen All-American Series (pictured) and K&N Pro Series West. It had also garnered national attention as host to the now-defunct Toyota All-Star Showdown, which served as an all-star race of sorts for the top drivers throughout all of NASCAR’s various regional series.

But its previous owner was forced to file for bankruptcy in February of 2012. Luckily for race fans in the Southern California region, a new operating group was eventually found for the track.

Saturday’s event marks the first of 14 nights this season that will feature NASCAR “Home Tracks” series at Irwindale, whose general manager is naturally thrilled about Opening Night.

“There’s a renewed attitude, a great sense of adventure — drivers, crews and fans all telling us that they can’t wait for this coming Saturday night,” Bob Klein said in a track statement. “We’re very excited to be back in the stock car racing business. Everyone on our staff is ready to get back to what Irwindale Speedway was built to do, and that’s put on a short track racing show that’s second to none.”

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race