IndyCar adds Road America event to 2016 schedule

Organisers of the IndyCar US motor racing series have announced the addition of an event at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to its 2016 schedule.

Practice and qualifying will take place from June 24-25, with the race scheduled for June 26. Organisers have also confirmed that all three levels of the Road to Indy competition will compete on the Road America race weekend.

The Wisconsin circuit will be familiar to fans of IndyCar racing, having staged a total of 25 races during a period from 1982 up to 2007, including a number of events from IndyCar’s now-defunct rival the Champ Car Series. Next year’s event will mark the first race at the track since IndyCar merged with Champ Car in 2008.

The Wisconsin race is the latest event to have been added to the 2016 IndyCar calendar, with organisers having also confirmed a new street race in the city of Boston. The new Boston race will run for a minimum of five years.

Mark Miles, chief executive of IndyCar’s parent company, Hulman & Co., said: “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. This event, along with a new street race in Boston, are integral additions for 2016 as our efforts to finalise the entire schedule continue to progress.”

Road America is the seventh race date to be confirmed on the 2016 IndyCar Series schedule. Other announced race dates are: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 11-13; Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15-17; Grand Prix of Indianapolis, May 12-14; 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, May 29; Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 3-5; and Grand Prix of Boston, September 2-4.