The NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule will include an increase in road racing, new venues and a return to dirt.
Officials will officially announce the full schedule later this afternoon, while some tracks have already begun to confirm their dates. RACER also obtained a copy of the program already circulating in the sector.
There are many notable changes, starting with Homestead-Miami Speedway moving on to the second race of the year after the Daytona 500. Nashville, Circuit of The Americas, Road America and the Indianapolis road course are new to the program.
Bristol will be covered in dirt for its spring race. It will be the first dirt race in the Cup Series since 1
As previously revealed, Chicagoland and Kentucky lost a race date, as did Dover and Michigan. On the other hand, Atlanta and Darlington added a second event. Pocono Raceway retains its June doubleheader.
The All-Star Race moves from Bristol to Texas Motor Speedway. All 10 playoff races remain unchanged as of Darlington Raceway on September 5th. The NASCAR Cup Series teams will race six road races in 2021 with three new additions to the program.
COTA joins Indianapolis – announced this morning – and Road America as new road racing events. Cup Series teams already compete in Sonoma, Watkins Glen and Charlotte Roval. The race on May 23, 2021 will be the first time NASCAR will visit COTA.
“Our company is proud to have a 60-year history of fabulous firsts in motorsport entertainment, and we are honored to bring America’s leading racing series to one of the most renowned entertainment venues and cities for the first time. world, “said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith.
“I would like to thank COTA CEO Bobby Epstein and NASCAR executive leadership for supporting us in trying to do something that we believe will be spectacular for racing fans, not just in Texas but around the world. We work and challenge ourselves. every day at Speedway Motorsports to create extraordinary experiences that will last a lifetime and we know that NASCAR at COTA will deliver results in 2021 “.
Located outside Austin, Texas, the track has hosted Formula 1, IndyCar and MotoGP races. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart drove a stock car around the course in a demonstration last year (pictured above).
“I am grateful for Marcus Smith’s vision and determination in making this event possible,” said Bobby Epstein, CEO and president of the track. “His teams in Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway have created a spirit of collaboration that will make for a spectacular weekend of fun and competition. Speedway Motorsports, along with NASCAR leadership, has a “Fans First” attitude and has responded to anyone who has long wanted to see a Cup Series race at COTA.
“Fans who have been here before will be able to see the stock car races for the first time at their best, and first time visitors will be amazed by the views and the friendly experience. It will be our pleasure to write another chapter in the history of the motorsports together with Speedway Motorsports and NASCAR in 2021 “.
Elkhart Lake’s Road America will host the NASCAR Cup Series Cup Series on July 4, 2021.
“Since we welcomed the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2010, our fans have been asking for the NASCAR Cup Series and we are very proud to deliver it on July 4th,” said Mike Kertscher, president and general manager of Road America. “The weekend will be memorable and exciting for all as we celebrate Independence Day at” America’s National Park of Speed. “We encourage new and returning fans to get their tickets and campgrounds early as we intend to host Four full days of on-track action. Our entire staff is thrilled to welcome the teams, riders and new visitors to show them that Road America is the ideal venue to come for the experience and stay for the race “.
The new event effectively marks a return, rather than a debut, for NASCAR’s premier series at Road America. At the urging of Carl Kiekhaefer of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the Grand National Division (now NASCAR Cup) raced at the Elkhart Lake circuit on August 12, 1956. Many of the 26 drivers who took the green flag that day read like a who’s who of the early days in NASCAR racing – Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Buck Baker and Fireball Roberts were some notables, but Tim Flock took the checkered flag, in the rain, driving a Mercury, at a top speed of 71.4 mph.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Schedule:
February 9 – Clash (Daytona road course)
February 11 – Duel in Daytona
February 14 – Daytona 500
February 21 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
February 28 – Auto Club Speedway
March 7 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 14 – Phoenix Raceway
March 21 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 28 – Bristol Motor Speedway (dirt road)
April 10 – Martinsville Speedway
April 18 – Richmond Raceway
April 25 – Talladega Superspeedway
May 2 – Kansas Speedway
May 9 – Darlington Raceway
May 16 – Dover International Speedway
May 23 – Circuit of the Americas (COTA)
May 30 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 6 – Sonoma Raceway
June 13 – All-Star Race (Texas)
June 20 – Nashville Superspeedway
June 26-27 – Pocono Raceway
July 4 – Road America
July 11 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 18 – New Hampshire Autodrome
August 8 – Watkins Glen
August 15 – Indianapolis Road Route
August 22 – Michigan International Speedway
August 28 – Daytona International Speedway
September 5 – Darlington Raceway
September 11 – Richmond Raceway
September 18 – Bristol Motor Speedway
September 26 – Las Vegas
October 3 – Talladega Superspeedway
October 10 – Charlotte Roval
October 17 – Texas Motor Speedway
October 24 – Kansas Speedway
October 31 – Martinsville Speedway
November 7 – Phoenix Raceway