The Verizon IndyCar Series’ long offseason stretched seven months in-between races at Auto Club Speedway August 30, 2014 and the season-opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg March 29.
But starting this weekend, the series will be on-track every weekend between now and June 15, with plenty of more weekday track time in-between.
This 10-week consecutive stretch is going to test the mettle of drivers, crews, and staff alike. Here’s the rundown of days of on-track activity between this week’s inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana and the Honda Indy Toronto in June:
- April 10-12, NOLA Motorsports Park, Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
- April 17-19, Streets of Long Beach, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
- April 25-26 (no Friday practice), Barber Motorsports Park, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
- May 3, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, oval aero kit testing
- May 7-9, IMS road course, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
- May 11-15, IMS oval, Indianapolis 500 practice
- May 16-17, IMS oval, Indianapolis 500 qualifying/pole qualifying
- May 18, IMS oval, Indianapolis 500 practice
- May 22, IMS oval, Indianapolis 500 Carb Day practice
- May 24, IMS oval, 99th Indianapolis 500
- May 29-31, Belle Isle Park, Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans
- June 5-6, Texas Motor Speedway, Firestone 600
- June 12-14, Exhibition Place, Honda Indy Toronto
From tomorrow, April 10, through June 14, IndyCar has official on-track sessions in 30 of the next 66 days.
Figure the leftover 36 requires transport, car changeover and other logistical elements, and it’s going to be 66 days of madness between now and the series’ lone trip to Canada for all involved with the championship.