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September 28, 2023

Indianapolis Motor Speedway returning to oval layout for NASCAR in 2024

Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced on Thursday that the NASCAR Cup Series will return to the 2.5-mile oval layout in 2024 just in time for what will be the 30-year anniversary since the circuit’s inaugural running at the track. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will also race on the oval next year.

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The NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 presented by PPG will run Sunday, July 21, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 250 will take place on Saturday, July 20, the track announced.

The Cup Series returns to the oval layout after competing on the track’s road course since 2021. The event will mark the first time the Cup Series has raced on the layout since July 5, 2020, when Kevin Harvick led a race-high 68 of a scheduled 161 laps en route to his fourth of nine Cup wins that season.

The track has hosted a total of 27 Cup races dating back to the inaugural 1994 running when Jeff Gordon won his first of five races on the Indy oval, a mark that still stands among all active and former Cup drivers.

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NASCAR conducted a Goodyear tire test at the track in August, where three Cup Series teams participated to help Goodyear and NASCAR officials evaluate the circuit as a possible inclusion in future schedules.

Note: Fans who attended Brickyard Weekend in 2023 will have a limited time to act to secure their seats for 2024 before tickets go on sale to the general public later this fall.