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IndyCar Returning to Road America for 2016

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/10/2015 Kelly Pleskot

After a nine-year hiatus, the IndyCar Series will finally return to Road America for 2016. The event on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit is scheduled next year for June 24-26.

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The decision comes as Road America officials say they have been overwhelmed with requests to bring the track back to IndyCar.

“We listened to the fans and the local community, and after careful negotiations struck a deal to bring back one of the greatest forms of open-wheel racing ever to grace our beautiful 4-mile road course,” said Road America President and General Manager George Bruggenthies in a release. “We have wanted to bring IndyCar back for quite some time and we knew what it would take to make it work for everyone involved.”

The first Indy car race at Road America took place in 1982, when Hector Rebqaue was crowned as the winner. In 2000, Dario Franchitti set the track record with a lap of 1 minute, 39.866 seconds set in qualifying. The last race ran in 2007 under the Champ Car sanction, when Sebastien Bourdais took home the final honor.

“It’s a classic road course: long, with almost every type of challenging corner," said Derrick Walker, IndyCar President of Competition and Operations, in a release. "The track is designed to make full use of the natural terrain, which makes for great spectator locations to see the Verizon IndyCar Series at its best."

Road America is one of two new events confirmed for 2016, along with the Grand Prix of Boston set for September 2-4. Other confirmed events so far include the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from March 11-13, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from April 15-17, Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis from May 12-14, 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29, and the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix from June 3-5.

Source: IndyCar

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