With Texas Motor Speedway touting a huge announcement, I was curious as to just what they had in store.
The NASCAR news isn't exactly earth shattering. Texas will continue to host two races in its usual slots on its schedule, but the April race will be held under the lights for the first time.
Where it gets really interesting is what the track has planned for the Indy Racing League on June 11 -- a twin bill. What was the Firestone 550k will become the Firestone Twin 275s.
Though it's not the first doubleheader in open-wheel history, it is the first for the IndyCar Series. In the history of major U.S. open-wheel racing, 17 twin races have been run with the first being a USAC-sanctioned event at Canada’s Mosport road circuit in 1967. The final twin race was a CART-sanctioned event at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1981, the last of nine twin races run on ovals.
Both races will feature the full IndyCar Series field competing in two separate 275-kilometer races with two points-paying winners crowned. Each race will award one-half the finishing points of a standard IndyCar event, with the combined points adding up to one full race point total. Additional details of the format will be announced at a later date.
"Randy (Bernard) and I discussed hosting twin races in January when he first took the job heading the Indy Racing League,” said Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage. “The concept has Indy-car history to it, but at the same time provides a new dynamic event to our fans as well as the drivers themselves. Texas Motor Speedway traditionally has hosted some of the series’ most exciting races and the Firestone Twin 275s’ format should provide plenty more in the future. Drivers have two shots at winning and fans get an opportunity to see not one but two great races in one evening. It should be a tremendous show.”
-- Brian De Los Santos