Miles cites ‘consistency and cadence’ in 2019 IndyCar schedule

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Miles cites ‘consistency and cadence’ in 2019 IndyCar schedule


Miles cites ‘consistency and cadence’ in 2019 IndyCar schedule


IndyCar boss Mark Miles says the 2019 IndyCar Series calendar, officially released by the series this morning, is a testament to the series’ efforts at building consistency to its calendar as well continuing to deliver diversity. As reported by RACER earlier today, the 17-race schedule includes a new event at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas as well as a new season finale, the previously announced return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

“IndyCar has worked to deliver a consistency and cadence to the schedule and that is reflected again in 2019,” said Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Co., which owns IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We’ve added races at a pair of tracks that know how to put on fantastic events, while returning to tracks where IndyCar has longstanding relationships on familiar race dates.

“The diversity of next year’s schedule will continue to make what we believe is the most challenging and competitive championship in motorsports.”

COTA’s permanent road course will make its debut on the IndyCar Series schedule on Sunday, March 24. It will be the second race of the 2019 season after the St. Petersburg opener two weeks earlier.

“COTA is one of the finest motorsports facilities in the world and Austin is a happening city. This a natural fit for the IndyCar Series,” said Miles. “Indy car racing has a large and passionate fan base in Texas with a hunger to attend more races. This added date will allow us to deliver both oval and road course events to the state in a single season.”

Nearly half of the 2019 races will air on network television as part of a previously announced multiyear media rights deal with NBC Sports Group that is expected to significantly increase IndyCar exposure. Broadcast times will be confirmed later, but eight races, including the Indianapolis 500, will air on NBC. Nine races will be on NBCSN, with all track activity and additional exclusive content available on NBC Sports Gold, the direct-to-consumer product that the series promises “will bring subscribers closer to IndyCar racing than ever before.”

2019 IndyCar Series

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, Monterey, California

* night race