2011 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule announced

IndyCar, IndyCar commentary — By on September 10, 2010 11:42 am

The IZOD IndyCar Series announced its mostly final schedule for the 2011 season today at the Milwaukee Mile.  Highlights of the schedule include:

  • Series opener returns to American soil as the St. Pete Grand Prix will run on March 27th
  • The Sao Paulo, Brazil race, as rumored, will run on May 1st
  • The 95th Indianapolis 500, marking the 100th anniversary of the race, will run on May 29th
  • The Series will return to the historic Milwaukee Mile on Father’s Day weekend, June 19th
  • The Series will debut on the streets of Baltimore over Labor Day weekend
  • Kentucky Speedway will move from Labor Day weekend to the first weekend in October, racing there October 2nd

The season finale is still to be determined.  This race is expected to be held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 15th or 16th.  If details cannot be finalized with the Speedway and the City of Las Vegas, the Series may return to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to conclude the season.  Those details are expected in the coming weeks.

The schedule is comprised of 18 events at 17 venues.  The balance between road and street courses against ovals has been maintained at nine races each if one considers the duel races at Texas Motor Speedway to be individual events.  The season will start on four road courses followed by four ovals with the Indianapolis 500 being the season’s first oval race.  Three more road courses will follow the event at Iowa Speedway before the Series returns to the oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time since 1998.  Two more road/street circuits will conclude the twisty portion of the schedule before the final three ovals wrap up the season.

The final schedule is as follows:

March 27 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course
April 10 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course
April 17 Streets of Long Beach 1.968-mile street course
May 1 Streets of Sao Paulo 2.536-mile street course
May 29 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
June 11 Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval
June 19 The Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval
June 25 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval
July 10 Streets of Toronto 1.755-mile street course
July 24 Edmonton City Centre Airport 1.973-mile airport course
Aug. 7 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course
Aug. 14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1-mile oval
Aug. 28 Infineon Raceway 2.303-mile road course
Sept. 4 Streets of Baltimore 2-mile street course
Sept. 18 Twin Ring Motegi 1.5-mile oval
Oct. 2 Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile oval
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