INDYCAR announced the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today featuring 17 race events, two new race venues and a total of six ABC and 13 NBCSN event broadcasts. The diverse calendar of events – which features six ovals, six road courses and four temporary street circuits – includes a total of 14 markets making a return to the calendar from 2014.
“The Verizon IndyCar Series calendar represents another step forward in our strategy to grow the series,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “There were several factors that led to the positive momentum we experienced in 2014 and we will continue to execute on those initiatives – continuity in our broadcast schedule, strategic growth of our schedule and improvements to how we promote our events. The continued support from our television partners at ABC and NBCSN, and the ongoing collaboration with promoters, teams and sponsor partners gives us a lot of confidence about our future.”
The season opens with the series’ first visit to Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasília, Brazil (March 8, NBCSN) and will be followed on the calendar by INDYCAR’s North American opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg (March 29, ABC), its debut at New Orleans’ NOLA Motorsports Park (April 12, NBCSN) and a return to scenic Barber Motorsports Park (April 26, NBCSN).
“It’s great to see the Verizon IndyCar Series going back to Brazil and expanding internationally,” Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti said. “Having a presence outside of the U.S. is important for the health of the series and a necessary part of growing the visibility and awareness opportunities in our industry.”
Sonoma Raceway will host the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season finale (Aug. 30, NBCSN), marking the first time in six years that an Indy car championship will end the season on a road course, dating back to the 2007 Champ Car finale at Mexico City.
“Sonoma has always been a great circuit for the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Scott Dixon, a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner. “People always ask what my favorite track is and I often say ‘the last one I won at’ so it’s perfect for me and Team Target. It’s a very technical and challenging track and the site of the biggest Target weekend each season from a partnership perspective.”
The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will kick-off again with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (May 9, ABC) and will be followed by Indy 500 qualifications (May16-17, ABC) before the month culminates on Memorial Day weekend with the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (May 24, ABC) on the famed 2.5-mile oval.
Pocono Raceway (Aug. 23, NBCSN) returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule at the tail-end of a summer four-race oval swing that is highlighted by a 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway (June 27, NBCSN) as well as short oval events at the Milwaukee Mile (July 12, NBCSN) and Iowa Speedway (July 18, NBCSN).
“Returning to Pocono in 2015 is great news,” said Tony Kanaan, 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and former Indianapolis 500 winner. “The ‘Tricky Triangle’ is a very challenging racetrack for us and it provides great racing and excitement for the fans. Continuity is the key word to rebuild our fan base for that region and INDYCAR and Pocono are working very hard and thankfully making it happen. I’m obviously happy to be able to return in 2015 and finish the strong race we had in 2014.”
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns as a doubleheader event (May 30-31, ABC) and is followed on the calendar by a night race at Texas Motor Speedway (June 8, NBCSN). The race on Streets of Toronto has moved (June 14, NBCSN) to accommodate the Pan American Games, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 2, NBCSN) returns to its familiar date on the calendar.
All races will be broadcast on radio by the IMS Radio Network through its affiliates, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule
|8-Mar||Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet||Brasília, Brazil||3.4-mile road course||NBCSN|
|29-Mar||Streets of St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg, FL||1.8-mile street course||ABC|
|12-Apr||NOLA Motorsports Park||Avondale, LA||2.7-mile road course||NBCSN|
|19-Apr||Streets of Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||1.968-mile street course||NBCSN|
|26-Apr||Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham, AL||2.38-mile road course||NBCSN|
|9-May||Grand Prix of Indianapolis||Indianapolis, IN||2.4346-mile road course||ABC|
|May 16-17||Indianapolis 500 Qualifying||Indianapolis, IN||2.5-mile oval||ABC|
|24-May||Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis, IN||2.5-mile oval||ABC|
|30-May||Raceway at Belle Isle Park||Detroit, MI||2.35-mile street course||ABC|
|31-May||Raceway at Belle Isle Park||Detroit, MI||2.35-mile street course||ABC|
|6-Jun||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, TX||1.5-mile oval||NBCSN|
|14-Jun||Streets of Toronto||Toronto||1.75-mile street course||NBCSN|
|27-Jun||Auto Club Speedway||Fontana, CA||2-mile oval||NBCSN|
|12-Jul||The Milwaukee Mile||Milwaukee, WI||1-mile oval||NBCSN|
|18-Jul||Iowa Speedway||Newton, IA||.875-mile oval||NBCSN|
|Aug. 2||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, OH||2.258-mile road course||NBCSN|
|Aug. 23||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, PA||2.5-mile oval||NBCSN|
|Aug. 30||Sonoma Raceway||Sonoma, CA||2.385-mile road course||NBCSN|
Schedule subject to change