After losing out on Formula One and IndyCar races due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circuit of the Americas track could be hosting NASCAR races as soon as 2021, according to The Athletic.
While NASCAR has not yet confirmed the report, The Athletic wrote that the NASCAR Cup Series would be competing at the COTA in Southeast Austin next year. The hosted race will likely come from one of two Cup weekends Texas Motor Speedway hosts in Fort Worth, sources report, and would make Motor Speedway the home for the All-Star Race which has yet to be scheduled for next season.
The COTA track is known as the 3.43 mile, 20-turn road that hosts F1 and IndyCar races—but never a NASCAR event. However, NASCAR star Tony Stewart praised the layout of the track last fall in a report by Autoweek.
"I've heard rumors that NASCAR is looking at potentially more road courses," Stewart said in an interview with Autoweek."I think it would be an injustice if they overlooked at least looking at COTA. Then the question is, obviously, you've got COTA here in Texas and you've got two races here at Texas Motor Speedway. The worst thing they could ever do is take one of the races from Texas Motor Speedway, in my opinion.
With the reported addition of the Circuit of The Americas to the Cup Series, the track would mark the fifth race on a road course next year joining Watkins Glen, Sonoma Raceway, Charlotte Roval and the Dayton road course.
A race in Austin would also be a continuation of NASCAR shaking up the schedule, already confirming a new event at Nashville Superspeedway for June of next year.
Fans and analyst alike are excited for racing and the potential of NASCAR in Austin.
Circuit of America’s potentially added to the Cup circuit in 2021?! Next season is gonna be 🔥.— Kaitlyn Vincie (@Kaitlyn Vincie)1600718124.0
All Star Race at Texas while NASCAR is going to Circuit of the Americas? I REALLY like that. Let's go boys. #SillySZN— Erik Johnsen (@Erik Johnsen)1600718288.0
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