Penske looks to expand IndyCar calendar

Roger Penske
Roger Penske

IndyCar owner Roger Penske intends to add more races to the championship’s schedule and could bring F1 back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway as early as next year.

However Penske confirmed he intends to maintain IndyCar’s balance between races on street, road and oval circuits.
“We want to add more races to the schedule," Penske told Sirius XM. “I think we have a balance between ovals and also permanent road courses [and] temporary like Detroit, like Long Beach, like Toronto, places like that."

He will also consider whether there is “an opportunity for a Formula 1 race [in] ’21, ’22 or ’23" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. F1 last raced at the home of the Indianapolis 500 in 2007 on its grand prix circuit.

Penske is determined the postponed Indianapolis 500 will go ahead per its new schedule. “We’re going to run the Indy 500 in 2020," he said. “We’re looking at all the aspects of that.

“We think our timetable was smart to move it out. The good news is, as we see the Covid numbers coming down, we watch it every day in the state of Indiana, I think it’s positive. So we will have an Indy 500 in August."

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