The NTT IndyCar Series will be under new ownership from Monday 6 January 2020 will the Penske Corporation set to complete their purchase of the series, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions.
The series went from strength to strength in 2019 with NTT coming on board as title sponsor and Gainbridge been added as presenting partner to the Indianapolis 500.
The series will return to Richmond Raceway for 2020 and while The Captain is not over keen on bringing the sport to new countries at the moment he is looking at expanding its reach in the US.
Paddock Eye understands that one of the venues being considered for a return to the NTT IndyCar Series by Roger Penske and his team is Watkins Glen which made a brief return to the schedule in 2016/17. The series opted to drop The Glen in favour of a return to Portland International Raceway in 2018 but it is understood that Roger Penske and IMSA CEO Jim France are keen to do an IndyCar/IMSA double header at Watkins Glen.
Paddock Eye understands that a possible scenario would IndyCar have their normal race weekend with Friday practice, qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday while the IMSA WeatherTech Championship would hold practice and qualifying on Friday and their race on Saturday.
It is still very early days however with Roger Penske keen for some of his partners to enter IndyCar, a return to Watkins Glen makes commercial sense for all parties involved.