With a goal of making races more competitive and fan-friendly, the Izod IndyCar Series has made a few changes to its 2013 schedule. For fans, the starting times of the races have been tweaked in order to create more consistency, and for race teams, four of the races have had their lengths adjusted to make racing a priority over strategy, according to Speed TV.

Race-length changes include a shorter opening race in St. Petersburg, FL as well as Long Beach, CA (down 10 laps and five laps, respectively), while the Milwaukee and Mid-Ohio races have both been extended (up 25 laps and five laps, respectively). From the sound of it, the distance change will take fuel strategy out of the picture – or at least lessen its impact – and make teams drive hard the entire race. As for the scheduling change, the article states that with a more consistent green-flag time, it will be easier for viewers to watch on a regular basis.

Head over to Speed TV for a full breakdown of the 2013 IndyCar schedule.

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      El Matador
      • 2 Years Ago
      What they need to do is train the track support crews, so removing a car takes 2-3 laps and not 12!! Last year in Long Beach we had 6 caution laps for a car that spun and got going by itself. Why F-1 can remove a car out of the track in Monaco in 1-2 laps, and Indy/Car takes 6 laps?
      Rental Rep
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a smart move on their part and I wish NASCAR would shorten a couple of the races as well in order to keep the racing competative.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to admit this is pretty interesting due to them wishing to eliminate fuel strategy. Rather annoying to hear the winner of the race say "Yeah I'm glad my guys did their math right and let me cross the finishing line with enough fuel...". Kinda lessens the drivers actual impact to me at least.
      bored daily
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMS has a road course that for the life of me I can't understand why they won't schedule a road race for IndyCar. That's just one of several reasons why I just don't care about this sorry excuse for open wheel racing in America. And honestly, I've been sick of feeling this way since the demise of CART. If IndyCar every wants to be respected at least at the level of CrapCar, let someone associated with the FIA take control to revamp the entire series. I can see them getting the series respected globally, but that all starts by getting them respect locally. *As Charles Barkley once sang, "I maybe wrong, but I doubt it".
      Mr. Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool! Can't wait!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have always thought that having more than one points paying race per weekend would increase the interest in any series. Maybe have a shorter race on Saturday based on qualifying in the morning and reverse the finishing order on Sunday to start the second race which would be a bit longer. Maybe make the points awarded a bit higher for Sunday. Give the fans something to see besides practice and qualifying on Saturday. Look how many series have 2 races or more per weekend.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really couldn't care less about Indycar...if I want open-wheeled racing, for me it's F1 or nothing at all.