2015 is going to look considerably different for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
No more private team testing. A reduction in horsepower. Less downforce. And maybe, just maybe, a Sprint Cup race in the rain (yeah, we’re excited too).
It will be very interesting to see who can excel under the new rules package that comes into effect next season. How will the lack of testing impact teams, particularly the smaller ones? And will the engine and aero changes yield the better on-track product that NASCAR wants?
Time will tell how those questions are answered. But NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell feels that the new package will serve as a solid starting point for 2015.
“I think we’re all about seeing more passing – more green flag passing on the race track,” O’Donnell told NBCSN’s Marty Snider today on NASCAR AMERICA. “We believe in that and we think this [package] will offer that to the fans…Each time we look at a race, we’re always trying to get better, so we’ll take what we can learn, apply that to ’15, and keep going on for ’16 as well.”
To hear more from O’Donnell on the new package, watch the clip above.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.