IMS Press Release: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Back On Calendar For 2013, 2014

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is back on the MotoGP calender for 2013 and 2014. In a press release today, IMS announced that the circuit had agreed with Dorna to stage the race in the middle of August next year. A final date will probably be settled in a week's time, with a provisional MotoGP calendar expected to be announced at Brno.

Below is the press release from IMS:


IMS, DORNA TO ANNOUNCE 2013 DATE FOR RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP

Event expected in mid-August; fan incentives available for early ticket orders

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 - The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013, with an expected race date in mid-August to be announced in the future.

There are two years remaining on the agreement between IMS and sanctioning organization and commercial rights holder Dorna to bring all three classes of the MotoGP World Championship - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 - to the Brickyard.

"I was very pleased last fall when we agreed to keep the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the MotoGP schedule for 2012, 2013 and 2014," said Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. "Fans at IMS really enjoy seeing the very best riders on the fastest motorcycles in the world, and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is an extremely exciting weekend - jam-packed with racing and tremendous interactive, fan-friendly activities, all in a festival-type atmosphere."

The 2013 event once again will see superstars Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa race against American standouts Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards aboard 1000cc prototype motorcycles from Ducati, Honda and Yamaha on the 16-turn, 2.621-mile IMS road course. The race weekend also will include competition in the Moto2 (600cc) and Moto3 (250cc) World Championship classes featuring riders from around the world.

"Following a successful weekend of MotoGP racing, I'm very pleased that we will be returning to this iconic venue next year," said Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO. "Steeped in racing history, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an ideal track to not only host some of the best racing in the world but to also provide fans with an experience they won't forget."

Popular off-track activities also will return, including motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket companies displaying and selling their products at the Interactive Display area in the IMS infield and the Vendor Marketplace in the Gasoline Alley garage area.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 20, IMS is offering 2013 Red Bull Indianapolis GP fans incentives to secure tickets before Monday, Sept. 4. Fans who reorder or apply for tickets have an opportunity to purchase a track lap and practice and qualifying day tickets at discounted prices and will be provided early access to the 2013 MotoGP pit walk.

For more information about the Red Bull Indianapolis GP and all of the surrounding events, visit www.IMS.com or the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianapolisGP.

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2013 tickets: IMS will begin accepting ticket renewals and ticket applications for the 2013 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, Aug. 20. Visit www.imstix.com, call (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.imstix.com. Hotel package information can be found at visitindy.com/redbull.

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Love the layout, the event staff and volunteers are great but i do hope they can get track surface sorted and that it was a little wider.

Great venue to attend the racE and actually be aware of what is happening beyond the corner your sitting at.

Went to laguna and Indy this year and Laguna is beautiful but not as "race fan friendly" given you cant see what's taking place anywhere beyond your corner

'Laguna is beautiful but not as "race fan friendly"'

Maybe, but nothing a couple extra big screens couldn't solve.

Besides you can see about 80% track from the hilltop, as a bonus sitting near the corkskrew.

I've been to both as well and prefer Laguna hands down. Scenery, ocean not far away, Monterey comes alive during the race.

Indy has more big screens and it takes 5 seconds to park your car, because basically all of Indiana is one huge parking lot.... woohoo.

they have to do some refinements on some parts of the track. Hate to see riders crashing, it's no fun at all watching races there when someone's injured or unable to race.

Indy wouldn't be quite so bad if they would just clean the whole track before the race weekend and during the race weekend. Watching Viñales crash because he was offline was just pathetic.

re: "Indy wouldn't be quite so bad if they would just clean the whole track before the race weekend and during the race weekend."

yeah, i don't get that. the technology exists. DIS has bumper pull jet blowers to dry the track and there's also those big rotating brush assemblys that mount on tractors and backhoes to clear debris. sure, nascar get's everything, but the brickyard IS a nascar venue...?!

over turn 1 was amazing. any time someone was off line it kicked up clouds of dirt. also got a birds eye view of the Ducati not able to hit apex at speed.

and I agree, watching the race knowing so many were chewed up by the asphalt is too bad.

Read Cal Crutchlow's comments. They are crashing because they are pushing for a fast lap during qualifiying. IMO it's not a track issue, it's a right wrist issue. I am not aware of any other crashes of note in that corner. If it was a track issue, they would have a lot of crashes in Moto2 and Moto3, as well as MotoGP.

In other shocking news, the sun rises and people around the world continue to breathe.

We can't all live in sunny California. Here in the great midlands, we are happy to have an opportunity to see this wonderful event. Any MotoGP is better than no MotoGP. I am looking forward to Austin COTA next year, assuming that comes off.

Colin Edwards was sorely missed during the Yamaha interviews on Saturday. Crutchlow was entertaining but there is no replacing CEII.

It seems that none of them much love the place.
How close are they to protesting or even threatening to boycott the track conditions? Forget the chickenshit layout - between the bumps and low-grip pavement, the place is ill suited to motorcycle racing. A complete re-surfacing of the infield seems in order.

(And while we're making Christmas wishes, maybe they could truck in some dirt and add some small elevation changes to the place.)

if everybody recalls, indy DID in fact respond to criticisms and repaved some (if not all?) major portions of the infield section prior to LAST years race, and this year they hosted grand-am on the infield (in theory) to help address the "green issue" that the media has finally woken up to in 2012. i've only been commenting about how the track sits since the inaugural event in '08. IMS is never been an active facililty in the traditional sense like say a mid ohio...? or a VIR...? they only hold like 3 or 4 events (tops) there per year and that on the oval. the rest of the time ain't a damn thing going on. the hulman's got plenty o' scratch see, they can't be bothered with hosting track days for the local porsche and viper clubs etc. throughout the year. that's work and work's for schmucks... not Clabber Girl...!!! :)

after that re-pavement during the race (2011), it eats a lot of rubber especially for the Ducatis. I guess it was just a tire issue during that season but Stoner lambasted how the track sucks. Maybe it's just how they managed the tires to last for the race. So much for the MotoGP American exposure, some refinements would be great.

I wonder if the race will be the same weekend as the video gaming convention next year. It made for great people watching downtown, but waiting an hour for a restaurant table behind 3 Darth Vaders every night got a little old.