press release

Inaugural Brickyard Race, Montreal Return, Star Power Highlight Milestone Year  

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Highlighted by an inaugural visit to one of the most historic race tracks in motorsports, a return trip to Montreal and plenty of driver star power, NASCAR announced today the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

 

Full-time rides for Danica Patrick and Austin Dillon plus the addition of action sports superstar Travis Pastrana who plans to run the majority of the schedule, give the 2012 season a huge dose of anticipation.

 

“From the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2012 schedule has a great mix of tracks that will continue to deliver great racing for our fans,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We’re excited to bring the NASCAR Nationwide Series to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, along with the addition of a second date at Kentucky Speedway.”

 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season features 33 race dates, including the series’ first visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of a companion weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing. The inaugural Brickyard event will take place on July 28.

 

Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – a fan-favorite that has evolved into a “crown jewel” for the series – returns for a sixth-consecutive season, on Aug. 18. The 14-turn layout is one of three road-course events on the calendar, joining Road America (June 23) and Watkins Glen International (Aug. 11).

 

Additional 2012 schedule highlights:

  • Daytona International Speedway again opens the season, on Feb. 25, a week later than past years.
  • Iowa Speedway hosts the series’ first stand-alone event on May 20, with a second date on Aug. 4.
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway will once again host the season-finale, on Nov. 17.
  • For the first time, Kentucky Speedway will have two NASCAR Nationwide race dates, on June 29 and Sept. 22.
  • Chicagoland Speedway also returns with two dates, one a stand-alone affair on July 22.
  • Daytona’s summer event and Kentucky Speedway’s race will swap weekends in 2012, as the July 4th holiday falls mid-week next year. Daytona will run on July 6.
  • In conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ schedule shift, Kansas Speedway’s date moves to Oct. 20 to accommodate the track’s repave, scheduled for April of 2012.

 

Below is the entire 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

 

 

Date Site
Feb. 25 Daytona International Speedway
March 3 Phoenix International Raceway
March 10 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 17 Bristol Motor Speedway
March 24 Auto Club Speedway
April 13 Texas Motor Speedway
April 27 Richmond International Raceway
May 5 Talladega Superspeedway
May 11 Darlington Raceway
May 20 Iowa Speedway
May 26 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 2 Dover International Speedway
June 16 Michigan International Speedway
June 23 Road America
June 29 Kentucky Speedway
July 6 Daytona International Speedway
July 14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 22 Chicagoland Speedway
July 28 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 4 Iowa Speedway
Aug. 11 Watkins Glen International
Aug. 18 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Aug. 24 Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept. 1 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 7 Richmond International Raceway
Sept. 15 Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 22 Kentucky Speedway
Sept. 29 Dover International Speedway
Oct. 12 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct. 20 Kansas Speedway
Nov. 3 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 10 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 17 Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

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