Jeff Gordon says he’d would "love" to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he could get his way.
House Bill 1544 passed the Indiana General Assembly last week and is awaiting Gov. Mike Pence’s signature to become law. The bill creates benefits for economic development in motorsports, including upgrades to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pence told The Indianapolis Star last week that he is a “completely unapologetic fan of everything associated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.’’
Some of the upgrades for Indianapolis Motor Speedway could include lighting the 2.5-mile track.
“I think the racing is more exciting and track conditions are really really good and it’s pretty hot here ... in the end of July,’’ Gordon said of a possible night race at Indy. “I’d love to see us race under the lights here.’’
The Cup series is in the midst of a seven-race stretch where five races, including the Sprint All-Star race, are held at night.
Gordon was part of a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at the track. The test continues today. Also testing are Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin and Trevor Bayne.
Speeds were fast Tuesday morning. Gordon stated via Twitter that he reached a top speed of 214 mph during a lap. Bayne said he was running about 210 mph at the end of a straightaway.
“(It) had a lot of grip, really fast,’’ Gordon said of the tires used early in the test session. “Like we’ve seen here in the past, the wear can be a real issue. We definitely wore through some tires trying to lay some rubber down and it started to wear a little bit better.’’
Bayne said Goodyear is trying various tire options to prepare for the July 28 race there.
“I think Goodyear has a couple of good options for tires,’’ Bayne said. “The one (Tuesday) morning was fast but it wore a little too much. Now they’ve got another tire that is a little bit slower but puts rubber down on the track so it doesn’t wear out as quickly. The safer option they’ll go with.’’