IndyCar gears up for the final 10 races of 2014 in next 10 weeks

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The Verizon IndyCar Series has had two weekends off since it took the checkered flag Saturday night, June 7, at Texas Motor Speedway.

It now has two off weekends – total – between now and the end of the season.

This is when the condensed schedule concept created by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles will either make or break teams as they head down the crazy stretch of races.

Here’s the weekend-by-weekend schedule from here until the end of August:

1.  June 28-29, Houston doubleheader
2.  July 6, Pocono 500-miler (double points)
3.  July 12, Iowa night race
4.  July 19-20, Toronto doubleheader
5.  July 27, OFF WEEKEND
6.  August 3, Mid-Ohio
7.  August 10, OFF WEEKEND
8.  August 17, Milwaukee
9.  August 24, Sonoma
10. August 30, Fontana season finale, 500-miler night race (double points)

For comparison, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series has already raced 16 times compared to IndyCar’s 8 – and still has 10 more regular season races to go before their Chase for the Cup. So 20 races to go versus 10, but those 20 are spread out between now and November 17, rather than 10 until August 30.

F1? Also with 11 races to go, but like NASCAR, stretching into November.

My conversation I had with racing legend Mario Andretti at Circuit of the Americas last year prompted some harsh words for this schedule layout for IndyCar.

And over the next several weeks – there’s six races in four weekends coming up – we’ll see how the IndyCar teams and series holds up through this meat grinder of a schedule.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.