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AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 27: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #99 CommScope Chevrolet, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford, lead the field to start he NASCAR Cup Series Echopark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) | Getty Images
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 27: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #99 CommScope Chevrolet, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford, lead the field to start he NASCAR Cup Series Echopark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Speedway Motorsports Expects Cup to Return to COTA

NASCAR race officials and drivers are giving strong indications that their two-year experiment in Austin isn’t just a passing fancy.

Stock car racing’s weekend tripleheader at Circuit of the Americas will wrap up with Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Cup Grand Prix. A crowd in the vicinity of 50,000 is expected.

The American-Statesman has learned that Speedway Motorsports, which operates the race and rents COTA for the week, and track officials have agreed to add an option for next year. The original contract was for 2021 with an option for ’22.

“We feel confident enough to take ticket renewals for next year,” Mike Burch, SMI chief operating officer, told the newspaper. “That’s a good sign we want to be here. We feel pretty good we’ll be back.

Austin American-Statesman