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Which NEW Road Courses Should NASCAR Go To in 2024?

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As we anticipate the 2024 NASCAR schedule in the coming weeks, we are anticipating some new tracks that could be added to the schedule. A couple of tracks that have an uncertain future are the Chicago Street Race and the Indianapolis Road Course. With those two tracks potentially on the hot seat, what road courses could be next up for NASCAR to go next season?

Circuit Gilles Villenueve: Montreal, Canada

This is the most talked about pick for a new NASCAR track. It has been widely reported that NASCAR is looking at staging a Cup Series race at the track, but nothing official has been announced. This track checks off multiple boxes including good facilities, a new market, and likely a good racing product.

This is evidenced by Xfinity Series races at the venue between 2007 and 2012. The crowds were big and enthusiastic, and the racing was spectacular. Formula One going there year after year also highlights just how much the folks of Montreal love racing. This would get an easy green light from the fanbase.

Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca: Salinas, California

I suggested this track in our 7 BOLD Ideas for the 2024 Schedule, solely for its market. With NASCAR leaving Auto Club Speedway for the time being, that means one less race on the West Coast. Laguna Seca is probably the best purpose-built race track option that NASCAR has at the moment.

It is a 2.238 mile long road course with a lot of elevation change. Its’ most iconic corner is “The Corkscrew” in turns 8 and 8A. Yes, it is closer to San Francisco than it is to Los Angeles, but this track still fills that West Coast void.

Road America: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

NASCAR left Road America to run the Chicago Street Race. While the Chicago Street Race was generally popular amongst fans, many still are not happy that Road America was the one who had to give the date up. With the track it was essentially replaced by potentially on the chopping block, why not go back to Road America?

It is a race track that brings in plenty of fans on race day, and it’s a fun race track in general. Losing Road America was tough for NASCAR fans to swallow, so why not bring it back?

Sebring International Raceway: Sebring, Florida

The 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the most prestigious endurance races in the United States. It is the second race of the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar season after the 24 Hours of Daytona. Why has NASCAR not tried to run a race at this track yet?

It’s right in the middle of the state of Florida between Tampa and Daytona. Daytona is the birthplace of NASCAR and Tampa is an untapped NASCAR market. Why not go to the place in the middle?

Barber Motorsports Park: Birmingham, Alabama

This is another track I have mentioned many times, but that is because it is in an interesting market for NASCAR. Not far from Talladega Superspeedway, Barber Motorsports Park hosts IndyCar every year. It is routinely a positive race in terms of fan turnout, and the racing is pretty good as well.

Given that it is so close to Talladega, that may push NASCAR away. However, it also could be a potentially interesting location for an IndyCar/NASCAR Doubleheader. With that possibly going away if the Indianapolis Road Course is gone, why not bring it back at a fresh, new venue?

There are plenty of road courses NASCAR could look to replace these road courses potentially gone from the 2024 schedule. What other road courses could be added?

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