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Oct 3, 2013

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Revising Infield Road Course For IndyCar And MotoGP (Updated)

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Marc Marquez (93) exits Turn Four of Indianapolis Motor Speedway's infield road course while two other riders enter Two Turn in the background. Photo courtesy of Repsol Honda.
On October 1 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced that it was planning to hold an IndyCar race May 10, 2014, on its 2.6-mile infield road course. But the course the IndyCar Series will use and the course the MotoGP World Championship will use August 8-10, 2014, will be slightly different from each other, and both courses will be different than what exists at IMS now.

The IndyCar race will run clockwise, like Formula One did when it raced at IMS several years ago, and use a series of turns and a chicane at the north end of the track that MotoGP will not use.

MotoGP will continue to run counter-clockwise and will use revised versions of Turns Two, Three, Four, Seven, 15 and 16, said IMS Communications Manager Paul Kelly in an exclusive telephone interview with Roadracingworld.com.

Turns Two, Three and Four will be “noticeably different,” according to Kelly, resulting in a better flow. Turn Seven, part of the esses leading onto the back straightaway, will be opened up to create better flow, greater speed on the back straightaway and a larger braking zone for Turn 10, which could lead to more passing. Finally, Turns 15 and 16, the relatively slow and tight right-left final combination that leads onto the front straightaway, will also be opened up to create better flow.

The length of the infield road course the MotoGP riders will use will go from 2.621 miles to 2.645 miles.

Every part of both course configurations, car and motorcycle, will be completely repaved.

Kelly said the redesigning of the infield road course was done in close collaboration with FIM and Dorna officials, including Dorna MotoGP Safety Advisor (and three-time former World Champion) Loris Capirossi.

IMS is expected to issue a press release covering the road course changes some time Thursday.




More, from a press release issued by Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

MotoGP RETURNS TO IMS IN 2014 WITH EARLIER AUGUST DATE

New-look road course will create even more action Aug. 8-10 at Red Bull Indianapolis GP

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 - The FIM MotoGP World Championship will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a seventh consecutive year in 2014, as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will take place Aug. 8-10 on a revised motorcycle circuit that will create even more exciting action.
The 2014 date is one week earlier than the 2012 and 2013 events at IMS.

"The MotoGP World Championship has added greatly to the diversity and excitement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the inaugural event in 2008, and we're thrilled to welcome back the greatest riders on Earth to the Racing Capital of the World next August," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "The changes we're making to our road course will create even closer, faster competition for our fans at this unique, fun event that has become a vital part of our annual racing schedule."

Riders in all three World Championship classes - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 - will compete on a new-look road course next August at IMS, with Race Day set for Sunday, Aug. 10.

IMS officials worked with series organizer Dorna Sports and worldwide governing body FIM to create a 16-turn, 2.645-mile circuit featuring exciting new turn configurations and braking zones, creating more passing opportunities. The entire infield section of the circuit will be repaved, creating a more uniform, smooth racing surface.

On-track action will continue in a counter-clockwise direction for motorcycles at IMS.

Dorna Sports and the FIM issued a provisional 2014 schedule Oct. 2. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is one of 19 races next season.

The 2014 season starts March 23 at Qatar and ends Nov. 9 at Valencia, Spain. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is the 10th event on the scheduled, preceded by the Grand Prix of the Germany on July 13 and followed by the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic on Aug. 17.

MotoGP features exciting racing by the world's best riders on exotic, 1000cc prototype motorcycles. World Championship support classes Moto2 and Moto3 will return to IMS in 2014. Other support classes will be announced in the future.

IMS is accepting ticket applications for the 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Visit www.ims.com/tickets, call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for all four events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.