Indycar 2019 calendar ready

Indycar has announced the race schedule for 2019.

It will be a calendar with 17 races, with one double-round in Detroit, that we’re used to in the last seasons.

The season begins for the ninth time on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida at the start of March, before they’re going to visit Circuit of the Americas later in the month. It will be the first after many years, that Indycar drives at the same track as Formula 1. The last one was Circuit Gilles Villeneuve which hosted Champcar from 2002 to 2006.

Traditionally, the American series avoid Formula 1 tracks, to not drawing direct comparisons between the two regarding the laptimes. However, COTA has different layouts, and it hasn’t been announced if they will drive the same layout as F1 or they’ll use the shorter variants.

In April they will drive two times in a row on Barber Motorsports Park and on the streets of Long Beach.

The teams will head to Indianapolis in May, which will be their first race on a normal track, before going to the oval for Indy 500. It also means that Indy 500 will be the first oval round of the season.

Already in the weekend after the biggest race of the year, they will drive on the streets of Detroit, before heading towards Texas Motor Speedway.

After that it’s the “Le Mans” break, before Road America and the series’ only abroad tour in Toronto, Canada.

It will be followed by rounds of normal tracks and ovals alternately, and then the season will be closed by the round in WeatherTech Laguna Seca on 22 September.

Indy 500 2018
Photo: / Jason Porter

The oval rounds in Texas, Iowa, and Gateway will be a night race, that’s running on Saturday evening local time.

At the same time, we’ll say goodbye to ISM Raceway oval in Phoenix. The race has been plagued by extremely low attendance number in the last three seasons, and it was announced earlier this year that the race in 2018 would be the last. It will be replaced by the race in COTA.

The remaining 16 events were also in the 2018, and the majority of them were run at the same weekend.

Two times during the season, the series will share a track with WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Long Beach in April, and Detroit in June.

The 2019 Indycar calendar looks like this:

March 10: Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida
March 24: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
April 7: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
April 14: Streets of Long Beach, California
May 11: INDYCAR Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
May 26: 103rd Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval
June 1: Streets of Detroit, Race 1, Detroit, Michigan
June 2: Streets of Detroit, Race 2, Detroit, Michigan
June 8: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas*
June 23: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
July 14: Streets of Toronto, Canada
July 20: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa*
July 28: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
Aug. 18: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Aug. 24: Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois*
Sept. 1: Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon
Sept. 22: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, California

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