With the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule officially released this morning, we have a better gauge of where IndyCar’s schedule fits in with the two major North American sports car championships: the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. The FIA World Endurance Championship is drawing additional interest as well, and it is important to know those dates.
IndyCar and PWC run together on five weekends: St. Petersburg, March 29; Long Beach, April 19; Barber, April 26; Mid-Ohio, August 2; Sonoma, August 30.
There is one additional direct IndyCar/PWC conflict. The respective season openers are both on March 8, with IndyCar in Brazil and PWC at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
We shift next to IndyCar and TUDOR Championship conflicts. First off IndyCar and TUDOR run together twice: Long Beach, April 19 and Detroit, May 31.
The lone direct conflict between IndyCar and TUDOR rounds is the weekend of July 12, as IndyCar is at Milwaukee and TUDOR at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
There are two weekends where all of IndyCar, TUDOR and PWC all race: the last weekend in June and the fourth weekend in August.
On June 27/28, as IndyCar is at Fontana, TUDOR is at Watkins Glen (would impact IndyCar drivers wanting to do Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup race) and PWC is at Road America. Then on August 23, IndyCar is at Pocono, TUDOR at VIR and PWC at Miller Motorsports Park.
These conflicts will likely impact driver decisions, staffing, media and other opportunities as most individuals will have to pick one or the other.
Then we get to IndyCar and WEC conflicts, of which there are five. This directly impacts Mike Conway, who will have to pick between one or the other next year.
These conflicts are:
- March 29: IndyCar St. Petersburg, WEC Paul Ricard Prologue test
- April 12: IndyCar NOLA, WEC Silverstone
- May 31: IndyCar Detroit, WEC Le Mans Test Day
- June 14: IndyCar Toronto, WEC Le Mans 24 Hours
- August 30: IndyCar Sonoma, WEC Nurburgring
Get your calendars ready and start marking up which series run on which dates. Or we can see if cloning for certain individuals is an option.