FORT WORTH, Texas — Next stop for the IndyCar Series after Indianapolis: Texas Motor Speedway.
Texas will still be two weeks after the Indianapolis 500 next year, but unlike the past four years, there won’t be another race between Indy and Texas.
“I think that with this situation, everyone wins,” said Helio Castroneves, who won at Indianapolis and Texas this year.
TMS officials said on Friday that the Indy Racing League schedule for next year has the Texas race June 12, two weeks after the Indianapolis 500.
In the open-wheel series’ first nine seasons from 1997-2005, there had always been an open week between Texas and Indianapolis. But there had been races between the series’ two top-drawing events the past two years, including Milwaukee the past three years.
“I think it’s great to have a week off between the Indianapolis 500 and the next IndyCar Series event at Texas Motor Speedway,” Castroneves said. “This will not only give everyone a chance for a week of much needed rest, but it will also allow more promotion of the Indy 500 winner.”
Also, the series is returning to Watkins Glen International. The Glen will host a race on Fourth of July weekend for the fourth straight year.
The sixth annual Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen will take place the weekend of July 2-4. Tickets go on sale in November.
Track officials had hoped to move the race back to September after polling fans.
Justin Wilson gave Dale Coyne Racing a breakthrough victory this year, surprising the powerhouse Penske and Ganassi teams.