The 2018 IndyCar Series calendar is out: Portland replaces Watkins Glen
The IndyCar Series calendar for 2018 season is revelead today. The schedule features 17 races, same as in 2017, with one main change – Portland International Raceway replaces Watkins Glen on the list of race tracks. Among 17 races, six would be on ovals, six on permanent road courses while five races would take place on temporary street circuits.
Portland International Raceway, a new circuit on the list for 2018, hosted Indy Car races under CART and Champ Car sanction between 1984 and 2007. After a ChampCar/Indy Racing League merger, Portland dropped out from a calendar. In 2018, Portland’s race is scheduled for Labor day weekend.
“The strength and consistency of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2018 schedule is something all of us should be proud of. We’re also looking forward to continuing the upward trend of the series through the introduction of the universal aero kits, which testing has shown to be an exciting product,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and the Verizon IndyCar Series.
2018 IndyCar Series calendar
|1||March 11||Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg||Streets of St.Petersburg||St.Petersburg, Florida|
|2||April 7||Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix||Phoenix International Raceway||Avondale, Arizona|
|3||April 15||Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach||Streets of Long Beach||Long Beach, California|
|4||April 22||Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||Barber Motorsports Park||Leeds, Alabama|
|5||May 12||IndyCar Grand Prix||Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course||Speedway, Indiana|
|6||May 27||102nd Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Speedway, Indiana|
|7||June 2||Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1||Belle Isle Park||Detroit, Michigan|
|8||June 3||Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2||Belle Isle Park||Detroit, Michigan|
|9||June 9||Rainguard Water Sealers 600||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Texas|
|10||June 24||Kohler Grand Prix||Road America||Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin|
|11||July 8||Iowa Corn 300||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa|
|12||July 15||Honda Indy Toronto||Exhibition Place||Toronto, Ontario|
|13||July 29||Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, Ohio|
|14||August 19||ABC Supply 500||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|15||August 25||Bommarito Automotive Group 500||Gateway Motorsports Park||Madison, Illinois|
|16||September 2||Grand Prix of Portland||Portland International Raceway||Portland, Oregon|
|17||September 16||Grand Prix of Sonoma||Sonoma Raceway||Sonoma, California|