And after IndyCar drivers gave the course good reviews following a test three weeks ago, the idea gained traction.
Miles, the CEO of IndyCar’s parent company, Hulman & Co., supported the move all along but remained cautious about what direction the vote would go. It turned out, the board couldn’t pass it up.
“This event will bring even more energy and action to the month of May for fans and create another showcase for the diversity and excitement of the speedway and the IndyCar Series,” Miles said in a statement. “The new road race will further enhance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the premier motorsports destination in the world and direct an even brighter spotlight on the Indianapolis 500.”