TALLADEGA, Ala. — In an effort to continue to grow the motorsports community and offer unique opportunities to kids and families, USAC and NASCAR have teamed up to form the NASCAR Youth Series, which will debut as the quarter midget series brand starting in 2023.
This new series will be recognized as a NASCAR Regional Series.
Since 2018, NASCAR has welcomed the former USAC.25 Series at numerous venues including Daytona International Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix Raceway, Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Hundreds of young racers and their families have experienced once-in-a-lifetime thrills with meet-and-greets with their racing heroes, have been recognized during pre-race festivities and have had drivers stop by and watch them race.
“When we started the USAC.25 Series in 2009, our goal was to provide a safe, fun, yet competitive youth racing series that provided families with a way to create lasting memories,” said Kevin Miller, USAC president. “Through the years, the series has grown tremendously. We are proud of our alumni that began their racing careers in the USAC.25 Series and have continued to succeed professionally in the NASCAR ranks.
“Since we began incorporating NASCAR races on our schedule, families across the country have been able to experience amazing opportunities. We realize that partnering with NASCAR to create the NASCAR Youth Series will provide even more unique experiences and opportunities for our families.”
“We are extremely excited about this new venture with USAC,” said Chip Wile, SVP, Chief Track Properties Officer for NASCAR. “We feel the NASCAR Youth Series will provide aspiring drivers and their families a platform to both showcase their talents along with providing the entire family memories that will last a lifetime at our facilities.
“The drivers will not only fiercely compete on the track but will get an opportunity to be a part of NASCAR’s event weekend in a memorable way. Some of today’s NASCAR Cup Series stars cut their teeth in the NASCAR Youth Series and are now battling for the Bill France Cup. The future is bright.”
The NASCAR Youth Series’ nine-race national championship schedule will be comprised of seven pavement and two dirt races at temporarily constructed racetracks.
2023 NASCAR Youth Series SCHEDULE
Feb 26: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
Apr 2: Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Jun 4: *World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, Ill.
Jul 4: **Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind.
Jul 23: *Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Aug 20: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Sep 3: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.
Oct 1: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Oct 8: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
* denotes dirt race | ** denotes stand-alone event