The stars of the NTT INDYCAR Series will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third exciting racing event in 2020. The INDYCAR Harvest GP will take place on the IMS road course.
The event will feature the first-ever combination of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli with its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS.
"INDYCAR in October at IMS might bring slightly cooler weather but will definitely be warmly embraced by our fans," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Paired with the Indianapolis 8 Hour, we're set for a can't-miss fall weekend of motorsports at The Racing Capital of the World. We appreciate everyone's support and flexibility as we continue to navigate calendar adjustments caused by the COVID-19 situation and extend our thanks to the GT World Challenge for embracing this new weekend schedule."
The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the "Harvest Classic" held in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will also host the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sports car championship in conjunction with its North American series, GT World Challenge America.
The Indianapolis 8 Hours will combine the two series for the first time in an epic endurance classic on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at the Racing Capital of the World. The best International GT teams will battle GT World Challenge America teams to enhance the exciting #IntGTC schedule organized by SRO Motorsports Group that also features the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia), Total 24 Hours of Spa (Belgium), Suzuka 10 Hours (Japan) and Kyalami 9 Hour (South Africa).
“Our loyal fans will love the ultra-competitive action of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America when it comes to IMS in October 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The global endurance format, featuring the world’s best GT drivers and teams, guarantees fast and furious action from the start all the way to the checkered flag. Plus, there’s an incredible array of machinery on track from so many prestige manufacturers – it’s a car enthusiast’s dream weekend.”
The world’s only global GT3 championship – the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli – celebrates its fifth season in 2020 racing on five continents. The series’ purpose couldn’t be simpler: reward the manufacturer and drivers who achieve the best collective results in the world’s greatest endurance events.
With the Indianapolis 8 Hours included in the 2020 GT World Challenge America schedule, this will be the series’ first long-distance endurance race that will count toward the championship in recent decades. This season, GT World Challenge America refreshed the series to feature a two-driver pairing in 90-minute SprintX races with full-service pit stops. Series organizer SRO America continues to show growth and strong fields to offer the best GT racing in North America.
Both series feature race-bred GT3-specification supercars. Eleven manufacturers – Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche – currently compete across the two championships.
“We are excited to be bringing our leading brand of GT3 competition to the world-famous Brickyard,” said SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO Stephane Ratel. “What better way to close out our 2020 season than at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – a track with such prestige and historical significance.”
Tickets: $35 and up.