The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series schedule has five road and street course races as opposed to six, but another schedule revamp in 2025 could see that number increase once again.
The NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2024 is official, and one of the major changes is the elimination of a road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The reduction from six to five road and street course races is a pivot from NASCAR’s recent trend of adding such events to the calendar.
However, this reduction in road courses is likely a temporary one, especially with NASCAR looking to add new street races and international races. There are also several former NASCAR tracks that are looking to return to the Cup Series schedule.
With a possible expansion in points races coming in 2025, the door is open for many different venues to find a spot on the calendar. And luckily for NASCAR, some of their options for road or street course additions are ones with which many fans are already extremely familiar.
Possible NASCAR road course additions: No. 1 – Road America
Road America is a track that almost every driver and fan is extremely familiar with. The track hosted Cup Series races in 2021 and 2022 following its return to the schedule, while the Xfinity series began racing at the track in 2010.
However, 2024 will mark the first season since 2009 in which none of the top two NASCAR series will be racing at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin venue, just one year after it was removed from the Cup Series schedule.
As a result of the schedule changes in the Xfinity Series, Talladega Superspeedway is set to replace Road America, which had returned to its position as a standalone Xfinity Series event after the Cup Series moved to the Chicago Street Course in 2023.
But the elimination of Road America may be a temporary one, and the track could very well find itself right back on not only the Xfinity Series schedule but the Cup Series schedule in 2025. The two previous Cup Series races at the track both drew huge crowds, so it is very clear that the demand is there.
For the most part, the track put on a solid racing product, especially in the Xfinity Series. However, the only Next Gen Cup Series race at the track was run in 2022, and it was viewed as rather lackluster by most fans, raising some questions as to whether the current cars can put on a good show there.
Nevertheless, Road America is a track that has proven to be capable of bringing in huge crowds for NASCAR weekends, and it is very likely that NASCAR will consider a return in 2025.