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Indianapolis Motor Speedway plans for Cup to return to the oval at some point

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed the NASCAR Cup series’ return to the track’s road course for 2022 on Wednesday, but both parties have acknowledged there are plans to return to the IMS oval in the near-future. Whether that will come in the form of alternating the track which the Cup competes on at IMS on a year-to-year basis or running both in a single weekend, remains to be seen.

For now, the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard will be held next year July 31 on the road course, joined by IndyCar, which will run its second IMS road race of the year the day before, Saturday, July 30. Though it hasn’t been formally announced, it’s expected the Xfinity series will also run on the road course for a weekend schedule similar to this year’s.