Indianapolis 500 purists, start your cringing.
The board at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approved an IndyCar race to be run on the track's road course on the first weekend of May in 2014 to kick off festivities for the Indianapolis 500.
“This event will bring even more energy and action to the Month of May for fans and create another showcase for the diversity and excitement of the Speedway and the IndyCar Series,” Mark Miles, Hulman & Co. CEO said in a statement. “The new road race will further enhance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the premier motorsports destination in the world and direct an even brighter spotlight on the Indianapolis 500.”
More details about the event will be announced on October 1, but the possibility of the race has been met with mixed reaction. Some have vouched for the idea of the race while others, like AJ Foyt and Dario Franchitti, haven't been fans of the idea.
Earlier in September, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal tested the road course layout, which will be modified for increased passing zones and fan accessibility before the race. The road course opened in 2000 and hosted Formula 1 from 2000-2007.
What do you think. Good or bad idea not only for the Indianapolis 500, but for the IndyCar Series?