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Nationwide cars moving to Brickyard in 2012

July 06, 2011, ,

The Sprint Cup cars will have company at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning with the 2012 season.

Track officials in conjunction with NASCAR announced Wednesday that the Nationwide Series would be moving to the 2.5-mile oval beginning in 2012. The Nationwide cars have traditionally competed at the nearby short track now known as Lucas Oil Raceway, but that venue announced Wednesday that it would no longer host Nationwide and Camping World Truck circuits on its traditional Brickyard weekend after this season.

It was also unveiled that Grand-Am cars will race on Indianapolis' Formula One road course in what is being billed as a "super weekend" at the track beginning next season. The Grand-Am cars are expected to compete on Friday, with the Nationwide event on Saturday preceding the Brickyard 400.

"To be able to add our second stock-car series, the Nationwide Series ... I think it speaks to the commitment that NASCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have for each other to better the future of motorsports and create truly a world-class event here in July in the middle of our season, which gives us a great moment to look to," NASCAR president Mike Helton said at the announcement, which was held at the speedway's brick start/finish line.

The 19th annual Brickyard 400 for the Sprint Cup Series will race on the oval July 29, 2012, with the Nationwide Series also racing on the oval July 28. GRAND-AM will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the 13-turn IMS road course July 27.