Mark Miles and the Verizon IndyCar management have surprised fans of the sport with the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar featuring many of the same events as 2016. Watkins Glen International returns as Gateway Motorsports Park is added for an August event. The announcement comes at a time that’s both expected following comments from Miles regarding the schedule, but is much earlier in the season than recent years.
Next year’s season will feature 17 rounds with Watkins Glen returning to the schedule through 2018 after a recent contract extension as well as the addition of Gateway Motorsports park. The schedule features all of the 2016 venues and, with Gateway, boasts a nearly even split of ovals (6), street (5), and natural-terrain road courses (6).
The season kicks off on March 12 at the Streets of St. Petersburg for the Firestone Grand Prix with the Pirelli World Challenge and Mazda Road to Indy Series, followed by the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 9. Barber Motorsports Park and Phoenix International Raceway will fill a busy month of racing in April.
The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 28 and looks to sustain growth after this year’s hallmark event. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be hosted on May 13, kicking off another great month of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series will head to the Raceway at Belle Isle the following week for the Dual in Detroit.
Texas Motor Speedway and Road America will host dates in June while Iowa Speedway, Toronto, and Mid-Ohio fill July. Gateway, as was previously rumored, will host the series August 26, one week after Pocono Raceway. IndyCar will return to The Glen September 3 for the same Labor Day date as this year while Sonoma finishes the season on September 17.
“The release of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule continues to build upon the success INDYCAR has experienced the last three years and establishes continuity and consistency in our event calendar,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “As a series we are working diligently to create long-term relationships with our promoters to establish date equity and to provide them with the opportunity to initiate ticket renewals and event promotions earlier, which is pivotal to continuing the increase in attendance at our events.”
With the layout of tracks being so even, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion will once again have to master a diverse schedule across a variety of race tracks of mixed disciplines.
Live broadcasts will once again be hosted by ABC and NBCSN with a TV schedule to be announced in the following months. The Advanced Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network will continue to provide live audio coverage of the races through SiriusXM Satellite Radio and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule*:
March 12 — Streets of St. Petersburg
April 9 — Streets of Long Beach
April 23 — Barber Motorsports Park
April 29 — Phoenix International Raceway
May 13 — Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 28 — Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
June 3 — Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 4 — Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 10 — Texas Motor Speedway
June 25 — Road America
July 9 — Iowa Speedway
July 16 — Streets of Toronto
July 30 — Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Aug. 20 — Pocono Raceway
Aug. 26 — Gateway Motorsports Park
Sept. 3 — Watkins Glen International
Sept. 17 — Sonoma Raceway
*Schedule subject to change.
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