Indianapolis, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Pocono Raceway is out and Richmond Raceway is in as the NTT IndyCar Series announced its schedule for 2020.
Pocono has played host to IndyCars from 2013 to 2019 but the track and series could not come to an agreement to continue for 2020. Pocono CEO Nick Igdalsky issued the following statement:
Richmond played host to IndyCar Series officials, AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan and PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon on Tuesday. Kanaan won at Richmond in 2008 and Dixon won the last IndyCar race run at the speedway in 2009.
“It’s fantastic to be back here at Richmond,” said Dixon, the five-time and defending series Champion. “I’m probably a little biased because the last time we raced here I won the race. Lots of things have changed in the NTT IndyCar Series since the last time we were here so I think it will be a great show.”
“The sense of speed here is higher than a superspeedway,” said Kanaan. “I think of it as a salad bowl you have run as fast as you can in. I think we came here the last year we had too much downforce. Everybody was running the same lap time. I think we need the tires to go off, you need less downforce, you need the cars to slide, then you’re going to see some passing.”
“It’s great to have IndyCar come back after a 10-year absence,” said Dennis Bickmeier, Richmond Raceway President. “Overall just the opportunity to have these guys back, diversifying the racing here that we have to offer. Part of that connects to a major renovation that we did last year in our infield. $30 million renovation to the infield, something new and exciting for the fans to experience when they come back here.”
Richmond’s renovation is a whole new infield called “The FanGrounds”. The team at Richmond toured stadiums to draw ideas for “The FanGrounds”, which includes improves fans access to the garage areas, music, food, staging as well as the “Victory Lane Club” and a “Virginia is for Racing Lovers” tourism welcome center to help fans make the most of the visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Tickets and more information is available at www.richmondraceway.com.