Atlanta Motor Speedway To Host NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY Series Races For Next Five Years
NASCAR today announced agreements with Atlanta Motor Speedway and 22 other race tracks to field Sprint Cup Series races for the next five years. Additionally, 24 tracks, including AMS, will host NASCAR XFINITY Series races through 2020.
The agreement guarantees that Atlanta Motor Speedway will host Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series racing for the next five seasons while offering several benefits and an enhanced race day experience for fans. In the future, schedules and actual placement of race dates are expected to be finalized and announced around the midpoint of the preceding season. This will allow ample time for fans to consult their schedules early and to mark their calendars for the following year's race.
Additionally, the new sanction agreement will supply Atlanta Motor Speedway with a longer planning window and the stability to invest in a greater fan experience with an eye on in-venue amenities, greater community involvement and enhanced racing atmospheres. The earlier date announcements will also offer a greater opportunity to establish long-term partnerships with sponsors, media, broadcast partners and numerous other stakeholders.
"We salute NASCAR for their ongoing collaboration in preserving the strength of our sport," said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president. "Atlanta Motor Speedway is committed to providing high-quality racing experiences that our fans deserve for years to come."
While Atlanta Motor Speedway previously revealed the dates of Feb. 26-28 for its 2016 NASCAR weekend, NASCAR also announced today the full 2016 schedule for Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races. Details for the remainder of the 2016 Camping World Truck Series are still being finalized and will be released at a later date.
Fans in Atlanta will have a rare opportunity to get a preview of next season's new rules package when AMS hosts an open team test for Sprint Cup Series teams this Thursday. Several top drivers including Dawsonville's Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola among others are tentatively scheduled to be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to test the new low-downforce aero package expected to be utilized in 2016, and grandstand admission is free and open to the public.
Fans who have purchased any ticket to the 2016 NASCAR Weekend in Atlanta will also be invited to visit the infield on the day of the test, where they will have special access to viewing zones in the garage and pit areas.
NASCAR racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 26-28, 2016, featuring an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 27 and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 28. For more information or to purchase tickets today, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.