Weekly Preview: Cup Series Return to Road America

Weekly Preview: Cup Series Return to Road America

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

This weekend the NASCAR Cup Series goes road racing once again in 2021, as we visit the track at Road America for the first time in the modern era.  The track located near Elkhart Lake, Wis., is a 14-turn, 4.048-mile long road course that is classified as an FIA Grade Two circuit.  The event is 62 laps, divided into three stages of 14 laps, 15 laps and 33 laps.  Top speeds are tempered by a modest mix of long straights and hairpin turns.  

The circuit is crafted for sports car racing and motorcycles but has played host to a number of major racing series over the years. Indy Car, IMSA and many others currently compete at this circuit.  The track opened in 1955 and featured NASCAR's top touring series for one event in 1956.  Tim Flock would run away from Billy Myers and Fireball Roberts to win that first and only Cup Series race at the Wisconsin circuit.  NASCAR's top division would never race again at Road America until now.  The Xfinity Series has raced at the facility for much of the last decade, so it's not completely foreign to the drivers.  Many of the younger competitors have made one or more Xfinity starts at Road America and are pretty familiar with the layout.  To help the teams and drivers adjust, NASCAR is performing practice and qualifying this weekend to help drivers get acquainted with the track. 

Since this is a completely new race, at a completely new course, we have

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