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Indy NXT added to jam-packed Brickyard weekend with IndyCar, NASCAR in August


The rebranded Indy NXT has been added to the busy racing weekend of IndyCar and NASCAR in August at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Indy NXT by Firestone Grand Prix will take place Aug. 11 on the IMS road course, which also will play host to the NTT IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series the next day. The NASCAR Cup Series will race the IMS road course on Aug. 13.

It’s the only race weekend of the season in which IndyCar and NASCAR and its top junior circuits will be sharing the same track.

“To feature Indy NXT by Firestone during this elite NASCAR-IndyCar weekend is a tremendous opportunity,” Indy NXT director Levi Jones said in a release. “This season, 19 Indy NXT entries will compete for the 2023 championship, the most since 2009. It is a growing series matching the growing INDYCAR paddock and a phenomenal moment to showcase the next generation of stars on a huge stage.”

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The IndyNXT schedule will remain at 14 races with the May 12 race at IMS shifted to Aug. 11. Indy NXT still will race May 13 at IMS as a companion event to IndyCar.

It’s part of an ongoing overhaul of Indy NXT, starting last year when IndyCar took over operational control of the series then known as Indy Lights. As its promoter and sanctioning body, IndyCar has integrated Indy NXT into the IndyCar paddock and its marketing plans.

Last month, an increased purse of $1.4 million was announced for the 2023 Indy NXT championship with the champion receiving benefits to apply to oval testing at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 Open Test and Rookie Orientation Program and an Indy 500 entry, plus another IndyCar race in 2024.

Here’s the 2023 Indy NXT schedule (all races streamed live on Peacock):

DateVenuesBroadcast TimeBroadcast
Sunday, March 5Streets of St. Petersburg9:50 a.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, April 30Barber Motorsports Park12:50 p.m. ETPeacock
Saturday, May 13Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Road Course
1 p.m. ETPeacock
Saturday, June 3Streets of Detroit Race 112:35 p.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, June 4Streets of Detroit Race 212:35 p.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, June 18Road America11 a.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, July 2Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course11:30 a.m. ETPeacock
Saturday, July 22Iowa Speedway11 a.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, Aug. 6Streets of Nashville10:05 a.m. ETPeacock
Friday, Aug. 11Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Road Course
4:50 p.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, Aug. 27World Wide Technology Raceway3:55 p.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, Sept. 3Portland International Raceway1:10 p.m. ETPeacock
Saturday, Sept. 9WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Race 13:25 p.m. ETPeacock
Sunday, Sept. 10WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Race 212:50 p.m. ETPeacock