Normal road/street schedule for IndyCar for first time since Long Beach

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So the IZOD IndyCar Series teams have something back at Mid-Ohio (the 14th of 19 races in 2013) this weekend for the first time since April: a normal schedule for a road or street course event.

It’s going to feel like a lot of track time before showtime for the 24 cars, because it is. The last two street course events, Detroit and Toronto, were doubleheader weekends. The series had only one 90-minute practice before qualifying on Friday, and a second session (12-minute qualifying) on Saturday morning before the first race on Saturday. At Brazil in May, the schedule was condensed into two days.

But at Mid-Ohio (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN), the series has been afforded a swath of track time. A full open test day was held Wednesday, and three 45-minute practice sessions (two Friday, one Saturday) will occur before qualifying Saturday afternoon. It marks the return of a traditional road and street course weekend schedule for the first time since Long Beach, the third race of 2013, back in April!

Firestone will provide the teams the same tire compound and construction as was offered at Barber, the second race of 2013. Mid-Ohio is the first race on a permanent road course since then, and second of three this season (Sonoma on August 25).