The 2018 IndyCar Series calendar is out: Portland replaces Watkins Glen


October 12, 2017
Featured, News
Marijan Malcevic


  • IndyCar Series

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

Portland International Raceway

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

RoundDateRace nameTrackLocation
1March 11Firestone Grand Prix of St.PetersburgStreets of St.PetersburgSt.Petersburg, Florida
2April 7Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand PrixPhoenix International RacewayAvondale, Arizona
3April 15Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachStreets of Long BeachLong Beach, California
4April 22Honda Indy Grand Prix of AlabamaBarber Motorsports ParkLeeds, Alabama
5May 12IndyCar Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor Speedway road courseSpeedway, Indiana
6May 27102nd Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
7June 2Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1Belle Isle ParkDetroit, Michigan
8June 3Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2Belle Isle ParkDetroit, Michigan
9June 9Rainguard Water Sealers 600Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, Texas
10June 24Kohler Grand PrixRoad AmericaElkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11July 8Iowa Corn 300Iowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa
12July 15Honda Indy TorontoExhibition PlaceToronto, Ontario
13July 29Honda Indy 200 at Mid-OhioMid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington, Ohio
14August 19ABC Supply 500Pocono RacewayLong Pond, Pennsylvania
15August 25Bommarito Automotive Group 500Gateway Motorsports ParkMadison, Illinois
16September 2Grand Prix of PortlandPortland International RacewayPortland, Oregon
17September 16Grand Prix of SonomaSonoma RacewaySonoma, California

Photos: Chris Jones/indycar.com, Bob Heathcote/motorsport.com,

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