The NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas has a new name that breaks away from convention of containing the race distance. On Thursday, Speedway Motorsports (SMI) announced EchoPark Automotive will sponsor the 23 May race and dub it the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. The circuit will also host a Goodyear tyre test on Tuesday, 2 March with former series champions Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and Brad Keselowski.
The term “Grand Prix” is commonly associated with other forms of road racing such as Formula One, which runs the United States Grand Prix at the circuit. In contrast, NASCAR traditionally prefers to use race names that follow the pattern of title sponsor and distance, especially in mileage such as the Daytona 500. Some road course races on the NASCAR schedule instead opt to use kilometres for their distances, such as the Bank of … Read the rest