Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has announced the track’s 2014 schedule, which includes the traditional IZOD IndyCar Series date two weeks after the Indianapolis 500. The June 7 race on the 1.5-mile oval will be extended by 50km to 248 laps and been retitled the Firestone 600.
Practice and qualifying will be held June 6, followed by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (the series have been paired dating to the speedway’s opening in 1997).
“It’s always fun racing for the fans in Texas so now they’ll have a little bit more to cheer about,” said current IndyCar Series point leader Helio Castroneves at the announcement. “I’m also looking forward to going back there to try and defend our win from this season. Team Penske has had great success at Texas and I personally love racing there, so hopefully we can make it five wins at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014.”
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Texas 500 has been run Saturday evening the past three years, but will return to a Sunday afternoon slot for the 2014 season. The shift to Sunday, April 6, will avoid a head-to-head conflict with the college semifinal basketball games scheduled for Saturday, April 5, TMS officials said.