IndyCar to return to Road America in 2016

Road America will end an eight-year absence from the IndyCar calendar next year after the series confirmed that the historic road course will return to the schedule in 2016

IndyCar to return to Road America in 2016

The championship, a regular on the CART/Champ Car schedule in the past, is scheduled to visit the 4.048-mile circuit on June 24-26.

"We know how revered Road America is by our drivers, teams and fans and we're confident it will be a great event on the 2016 IndyCar Series calendar," said Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co.

"We're thankful to [Road America president and general manager] George Bruggenthies and his staff for their collaboration in bringing IndyCar back to one of the most iconic road courses in North America.

"This event, along with a new street race in Boston, are integral additions for 2016 as our efforts to finalise the entire schedule continue to progress."

All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy feeder categories will join IndyCar for the event, as well as Pirelli World Challenge.

Ten current IndyCar drivers have raced on the circuit before, with Sebastien Bourdais winning the last Champ Car race there in 2007.

"I am really excited to see Road America back on the 2016 Indy car schedule," said Bourdais.

"This place allows our cars to stretch their legs fully and show what the series is all about.

"It is our duty toward road racing to continue this tradition and I could not be happier that a new deal got penciled.

"For me, it is the best racetrack in North America."

Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya echoed Bourdais' support.

"I have said several times that Road America is the one track in this country that needs to be added to the schedule immediately," he said.

"Elkhart Lake is a racing town. The people there love what we do and they really supported the series when we ran there in the past."

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