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Roger Penske brings IMSA sports cars back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2023

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INDIANAPOLIS – Roger Penske has added another major event to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2023. with the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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“IMSA Battle on the Bricks” will take the NASCAR-owned series to the 14-turn, 2.439-mile Indy circuit for a two-hour, 40-minute race. Scheduled for September 17, the event brings IMSA back to India for the first time since 2014.

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“Indianapolis Motor Speedway is sacred ground in the world of motorsports and we are honored to bring back the IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship to IMS,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “There has long been a mutual interest and much talk between IMSA and IMS management about bringing our premium endurance sports car brand back to the race track and to our collective fans.”

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IMSA returns as the series enters a new era of vehicles in its highest category of prototypes. The weekend will include the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge on September 16, followed by a four-hour traffic jam of stock race cars.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Bowles welcomes IMSA President John Doonan and Cadillac driver Sebastien Bourdais as they announce next year’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for IMS Tracks (IMSA).

“Our reputation as the world capital of racing will be further enhanced by the IMSA Battle on the Bricks as IMSA joins the main IMS event series in 2023,” said Doug Bowles, President of IMS. “IMSA features some of the most exciting manufacturers and cars in the world of motorsport, so a return to IMS is perfect for our diehard fans.”

Next year, Brickyard will host the first IMSA races since the 2012-14 series (most of which are co-run with NASCAR).

The first IMSA race at the circuit was the 2012 Grand-Am Rolex three-hour sports car series, which was won by Starworks Motorsport co-drivers Alex Popov and Sebastien Bourdais (who were present at Friday’s announcement).

IMSA will return to Indy in 2024-25 with longer endurance races.



Source: motorsports.nbcsports.com

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