Inside INdiana Business is reporting that Indianapolis-based INDYCAR has unveiled its 2019 season schedule. The IndyCar Series will race at 17 events, including the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas.
The 2019 season will be INDYCAR’s first full season to be broadcast by NBC Sports Group, a partnership that was announced in March. The season will end with a new finale location at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California.
The COTA race replaces Phoenix Raceway on the schedule. Mark Miles, chief executive officer of INDYCAR parent Hulman & Co., says having the series debut at COTA is a natural fit.
“COTA is one of the finest motorsports facilities in the world and Austin is a happening city,” 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.”
The season will also include three night races at Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, and Gateway Motorsports Park. The event at Sonoma Raceway joins Phoenix as the two locations dropped from the schedule.
“INDYCAR has worked to deliver a consistency and cadence to the schedule and that is reflected again in 2019,” Miles said. “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.”
The complete 2019 IndyCar Series schedule includes:
- 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, Salinas, California