IndyCar officials have elected to keep the Twin 275 races at Texas Motor Speedway for 2012.
The Firestone Twin 275s debuted this year, featuring a pair of 114-lap IZOD IndyCar Series races under the lights.
IndyCar announced the return of the format, but did not specify the way the race meeting will run. This year, qualifying determined the grid for the first race, followed by a controversial ballot draw for the second race.
Speedway president Eddie Gossage announced the track’s schedule during a “No Limits” fan event at The Palladium Ballroom at Gilley’s Dallas on Aug. 23.
The Firestone Twin 275s – the first twin races in IZOD IndyCar Series history – will be held June 9. Championship leaders Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) and Will Power of Team Penske each earned a race victory this past June.
“We revamped the majority of our schedule in 2011 in an effort to give our fans some variety and uniqueness to our season, and they wanted very much of the same for 2012,” Gossage said.
“The first-ever Saturday night (NASCAR Sprint) Cup race was a big success, the IndyCar twins format added a unique twist and the day-to-night appeal of the AAA Texas 500 for the Chase remains a fan favorite in the fall. The Texas Motor Speedway season has a little of everything for our fans.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series again will complement the IZOD IndyCar Series event weekend at Texas.
Start times for each event will be announced at a later date.
The next IZOD IndyCar Series event is the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma this weekend at Infineon Raceway.
In other IndyCar news, IndyCar announced that the top three finishing positions of the Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were upheld during a protest hearing Aug. 23 in Indianapolis. The news means that Ryan Hunter-Reay keeps his race victory.