The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series schedule was announced on Thursday (Oct. 1) and will consist of 17 races over the course of seven months.
The ’21 season will begin on Sunday, March 7, at the Streets of St. Petersburg, which was set to host this year’s season-opener before the COVID-19 pandemic forced officials to move it to the season finale.
The two races which will take place in April are at Barber Motorsports Park and the Streets of Long Beach.
May will be the series’ busiest month, with four races.
Texas Motor Speedway will host the series for a doubleheader on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2. That track hosted this season opener.
“The changes in Texas are important and exciting,” Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. said in a press release. “To have not just one oval race, but two, before racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May is strategically very important to the growth of the event, as well.”
IndyCar will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for its two traditional races there. May 15 will be the date for the series race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Then, on May 30 – Memorial Day weekend – the 105th Indianapolis 500 will take place.
In June, the series will race in a doubleheader at Raceway at Belle Isle. Those two races at that circuit were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After also not racing in Canada this year, IndyCar will return to the Streets of Toronto on July 11.
The inaugural race at the Streets of Nashville will take place on Aug. 8.
IndyCar and the NASCAR Cup Series will race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on the same weekend on Aug. 14 for IndyCar and Aug. 15 for the Cup Series.
The final two races on the schedule were races that also were canceled due to the health crisis.
The series will race on Sept. 12 at Portland International Raceway and then end its season on Sept. 19 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
All races on the 2021 IndyCar schedule will be broadcast on either NBC or NBC Sports Network.
Here is the full 2021 IndyCar Series schedule:
March 7: Streets of St. Petersburg
April 11: Barber Motorsports Park
April 18: Streets of Long Beach
May 1: Texas Motor Speedway race No. 1
May 2: Texas Motor Speedway race No. 2
May 15: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
May 30: 105th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 12: Raceway at Belle Isle Park race No. 1
June 13: Raceway at Belle Isle Park race No. 2
June 20; Road America
July 4: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 11: Streets of Toronto
Aug. 8: Streets of Nashville
Aug. 14: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Race No. 2
Aug. 21: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Sept. 12: Portland International Raceway
Sept. 19: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca