In addition to confirming the season ending 300 mile race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, INDYCAR also announced today a potential $5 Million payout.
"I said at the INDYCAR State of the Sport in mid-January that we must give our fans a great experience with three primary elements -- great entertainment, competition and value," INDYCAR CEO, Randy Bernard said. "There is not a city in the world that can provide entertainment like Las Vegas. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will provide some of the fastest and most exciting racing fans will see anywhere, and the ticket promotion is true value. This is a time when INDYCAR can tell our fans that we thank them for their support."
With only 5 drivers eligible for the prize going into the race, it's believed that regulars will not be eligible. Participants interesting in competing in the challenge will submit applications, with the final five being selected by mid-summer.
The October 16th IZOD IndyCar Series season finale is the same weekend but after stock cars take to the track in Charlotte. The NASCAR Cup Series runs the day before on the 15th while the 2nd tier Nationwide Series runs on the 14th, making the $5 Million payday although not easy, doable for stock car drivers.
Tickets to the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships go on sale today through Ticketmaster.com.