Texas Motor Speedway announced its 2013 season schedule this week and also unveiled its “No Limits” Wild Asphalt Circus marketing theme for next year.
The theme comes with a new logo and will be heavily incorporated into the speedway’s marketing and advertising materials, souvenir merchandise, tickets, signage, web site and the overall fan experience.
In addition to the wild race action on the asphalt, fans also will be treated to a wide range of entertainment associated with the theme that will range from the newly formed “No Limits” Thrill Riders to high divers to popular musical acts.
A sneak preview of the “No Limits” Wild Asphalt Circus for fans will come at the upcoming AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend scheduled for November 1-4.
Outside of the circus-themed ambiance for next year, Texas Motor Speedway’s 2013 season schedule will consist of its three customary weekends in their traditional dates and featuring NASCAR’s three premier series and INDYCAR.
April’s Texas 500—formerly the Samsung Mobile 500—and November’s AAA Texas 500 will once again serve as signature events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, as will the Firestone 550 on the IZOD IndyCar Series calendar.
The Texas 500, set for April 13, will anchor Texas Motor Speedway’s season-opening NASCAR doubleheader race weekend that is scheduled as the first Saturday night event of the Sprint Cup Series season. The three-day race week opens with practice sessions for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series on Thursday, April 11.
SportsDay Qualifying Days Powered By The Dallas Morning News for both series will be held Friday, April 12, and the day’s on-track activities will be highlighted by the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race that evening. The race action will culminate with the Texas 500 on Saturday, April 13, which will fall on the same weekend as The Masters golf tournament but will not conflict due to the evening start time.
Despite speculation about its future at Texas Motor Speedway, the IZOD IndyCar Series will return for its 17th season with the Firestone 550 on Saturday, June 8. The event will be an IndyCar/NASCAR doubleheader weekend as the IZOD IndyCar Series will be paired with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, a combination that has been together since the speedway opened in 1997.
Qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 will be held Thursday, June 6, while qualifying for the Firestone 550 will take place Friday, June 7. The Firestone 550 pole qualifying will be immediately followed by the running of the WinStar World Casino 400 that night, setting up an all-evening race weekend.
The race weekend concludes Saturday, June 8, with the running of the Firestone 550— “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race”—on the speedway that has hosted the most IndyCar events (23) in the history of the series.
The Texas Motor Speedway season closes with its busiest race week of the season as all three NASCAR series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series) visit October 31-November 3 for the AAA Texas 500 event.
The AAA Texas 500 serves as the eighth race in the 10-event, playoff-style Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup while the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Nationwide Series race and WinStar World Casino 350 Camping World Truck Series race could be pivotal in the championship aspirations for their respective series contenders as the season winds down.
The race week opens with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions on Thursday, October 31, and is followed with a day that features all three series on track. SportsDay Qualifying Days Powered by The Dallas Morning News for the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 and Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 will be held on Friday, November 1. The day also will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series practices for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and culminate with the WinStar World Casino 350 being run that evening.
The Nationwide Series takes center stage Saturday, November 2, as SportsDay Qualifying Days Powered by The Dallas Morning News will take place in the afternoon and be followed by the evening running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge race. The day also will feature Sprint Cup Series “Happy Hour,” with the final two practice sessions being run in preparation for the next day’s AAA Texas 500.
The weekend and Texas Motor Speedway race season will conclude Sunday, November 3, with the running of the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format.
Official start times for each event will be announced at a later date.