IndyCar heading for a schedule shake-up in 2021
There’s going to be an oval race previous to the one hundred and fifth Indianapolis 500, however one other oval has been erased from the 2021 IndyCar schedule with out ever turning a wheel and a preferred brief monitor is extremely unlikely to return.
RACER.com has discovered that Texas Motor Speedway will probably be internet hosting its annual IndyCar race within the first weekend of Could in 2021 and will probably be a doubleheader, whereas Richmond Raceway won’t be on the calendar subsequent yr. And with NASCAR eager to shut down Iowa, that might be a part of Richmond on the scrap heap.
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It’s not been formally introduced, however NASCAR is believed to have pulled the plug on IndyCar’s return to the Virginia brief monitor. After signing a three-deal, IndyCar was set to make its return to the three-quarter mile bullring final June after an 11-year absence, however the race was cancelled because of the pandemic. The occasion had no title sponsor, and with COVID-related uncertainty hanging over attendance at sporting occasions, it was clearly a monetary choice made by NASCAR, which has fully revamped its personal schedule for subsequent yr. That features shifting the Brickyard 400 again to August, the place IndyCar will once more run the highway course with the Xfinity collection.
Subsequent to Indianapolis, Texas is the longest-running oval on the schedule and is barely behind Lengthy Seashore and Toronto by way of seniority. Promoter Eddie Gossage opened the 2020 season at Fort Value with no followers as a favor to Roger Penske. It’s identified that IndyCar needed to run an oval previous to the Indy 500, so a deal was struck to have a twin invoice at Texas on the weekend of Could 1-2.
After every week off, IndyCars will run the highway course on Could 16, qualify for Indy on Could 22-23 and the Biggest Spectacle in Racing will get the inexperienced flag on Could 30.
However the very actual risk exists that IndyCar will solely have three ovals in 2021 – Texas, World Broad Know-how at Gateway and Indianapolis. Iowa started internet hosting IndyCar in 2007, however the monitor has been bleeding cash for a number of years and NASCAR reportedly desires to close it down until Penske steps in to purchase it, which isn’t believed to be probably.
One other monitor lacking from 2021 will probably be COTA, which goes to host a NASCAR race subsequent spring, however may additionally be up on the market and never financially prepared or in a position to hold IndyCar.
Nonetheless, with the brand new road race in Nashville, doubleheaders at Texas and Detroit, there will probably be 17 races in 2021.
Right here’s an informed guess on the 2021 schedule with out dates:
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