This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series continues what’s been a theme of the 2021 season by visiting yet another new racetrack. This time, it’s Road America — a 4.0-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin that opened in 1955 and hosted its first NASCAR race in 1956. The asphalt road course, which features 14 turns, has hosted the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2010. Among the Cup drivers to compete there as regulars in the Xfinity Series is reigning and two-time Xfinity champ Tyler Reddick.
“Those that have gotten to experience Road America, other NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers that are now Cup drivers like myself or some of the others out there that ran it years prior, understand how unforgiving of a place it can be,” Reddick said. “I kind of wish we didn’t have practice (this weekend) for all those Cup drivers that haven’t been there before.”
Unlike at most race weekends in 2021, Cup drivers will have an opportunity to practice since it’s a track where the series has never competed before. “It’s a tough track,” Reddick said. “It’s narrow, it’s fast. It intimidated the daylights out of me because I was very bad at road course racing at the time. It’s a wild place, and when you’re going to have the Cup Series there with the aggressive drivers that just like to sail it off into the corner. It’s going to create some great racing. There’s going to be some action, for sure. Keeping the nose and the body straight is going to be important.”