AUSTIN, TEXAS – NASCAR’s CEO Brian France says there is a possibility of scheduling a race at Austin’s new Formula 1 road course being built in Southeast Travis County.
France told NASCAR.com, “There’s a new facility on the horizon, if you believe what is being written about, which is down in Texas, with a big road course. We have some road-racing products that might be possible, too. Yeah, we’ll take a look at that for sure.”
France made the statement to reporters at this Sunday’s race at the Kansas Speedway.
Austin’s Circuit of the Americas track was recently hit with a long halt in construction because of issues with building contractors. But work has resumed on the site last week and organizers said the track will be finished in time for next year’s first Formula One race.
But France told NASCAR.com that any potential NASCAR race in Austin would not be in tandem with F1, and it would not be a Sprint Cup race.
That means NASCAR’s premiere race is out of the picture, but it opens the door to the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series races.
“We are having conversations,” France said. “We have conversations at one level or another with all major motorsports facilities, and they’re no different. And remember we’ve got Grand American Road Racing. We’re arguably the best road-racing product in this country, when you look at how these events play out at [Sonoma], Watkins Glen. By all account, there’s not a better road-course show in this country, for sure. Now that said, obviously we’re not talking Cup. [It's] full, and all those things. We’re not having those conversations. But we have a lot of motorsports products, and we are speaking to them.”