Pandemic Forces Second IndyCar Schedule Change

For the second time since its initial release, a race on the 2021 IndyCar Series schedule has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 25.

As a result, the season will now begin on April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. St. The season opener was scheduled to take place on the streets of St. Petersburg on March 7. The Grand Prix of Long Beach had already been rescheduled from April 18 to September 19.

Long Beach is now the championship deciding race.

“It’s not surprising that an event of this magnitude, scheduled for the first week of March, is still subject to the implications of the pandemic,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. “We’re delighted we were able to work with Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration and Green Savoree Racing Promotions to find a more suitable date, which helps consolidate the beginning of our schedule and allows us to stay on NBC network television.”

Scott Dixon is the reigning champion and is chasing a seventh crown to tie him with AJ Foyt for the most all-time. NBC and NBC Sports will carry the complete schedule.

The updated schedule can be found below.

April 11 – Barber Motorsports Park (NBCSN)
April 25 – Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (NBC)
May 1-2 – Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader (NBCSN)
May 15 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (NBC)
May 30 – Indianapolis 500 (NBC)
June 12-13 – Detroit Belle Isle GP doubleheader (NBC)
June 20 – Road America (NBCSN)
July 4 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (NBC)
July 11 – Streets of Toronto (NBCSN)
Aug. 8 – Streets of Nashville (NBCSN)
Aug. 14 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway GP 2 (NBCSN)
Aug. 21 – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (NBCSN)}
Sept. 12 – Portland International Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 19 – WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 26 – Streets of Long Beach (NBC)

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