The Athletic reported Monday afternoon that NASCAR will move the All-Star Race away from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Texas Motor Speedway next season. Both tracks are owned by Speedway Motorsports.
With the addition of the All-Star Race, Texas will lose one of their regular season races.
Furthermore, NASCAR may consider the addition of a Cup race at Circuit of the Americas, Southeast of Austin.
Some schedule news from me and @Jordan_Bianchi: The All-Star Race will move to Texas next year, but the track will lose a points race. And that clears room for NASCAR to take a Cup race to COTA in Austin.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) September 21, 2020
Can confirm reports from @TheAthleticAUTO about Circuit of the Americas being added to the #NASCAR Cup Series schedule next season. Sources say it's pretty much a done deal… Just 1 of potentially 4 new tracks being added for 2021.
— Matt Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) September 21, 2020
NASCAR declined a request for comment from NBC Sports, but a spokesperson said it is “looking forward to announcing the 2021 schedule in the near future.”
The Circuit of the Americas is a 3.426-mile, 20-turn road course that opened in 2012. It hosts Formula 1 races and began holding IndyCar events in 2019.
With Circuit of the Americas, the NASCAR Cup Series could have as many as five races on road courses next year: Watkins Glen, Sonoma Raceway, Charlotte Roval and the Daytona road course, which is scheduled to host the Busch Clash in February.
According The Athletic, the All-Star Race is expected to be held later in the year instead of its traditional spot the week before the Coca-Cola 600 in May.
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