2016 IndyCar calendar adds Phoenix, Boston
New to the calendar this year is the oval race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. It replaces the previous Grand Prix of Louisiana that was held at NOLA Motorsports Park – also located, oddly enough, in Avondale, but on the other side of the country in Louisiana. The Milwaukee Mile has also been dropped from this year's calendar, but open-wheel racing fans in Wisconsin need not fret as it's been replaced by the return of Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Finally there's a new round scheduled for late in the season. The proposed Boston Grand Prix is earmarked for September 4, 2016. However, reports suggest that there are still many hurtles to be cleared before then, particularly with local government authorities, that cast doubt over the race's success. The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, has been dropped for next year.
The overall picture is one of a sixteen-round calendar – the same number of races as this year's schedule, and fewer than the 18 rounds held last year and the 19 the year before. Only for next year, the calendar is spread over a longer period of six months. The schedule is also fairly evenly spread between formats, with six races held on closed-off street circuits, five on permanent road courses, and another five on oval speedways. Indianapolis will once again host back-to-back races on the infield road course and then the oval, followed by the double-header at Belle Isle.
Other double-headers previously held in Houston and Toronto, however, have been dropped. And the single Toronto race carries on once again as the only round outside of the United States, if just barely. Overseas rounds at Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Motegi (Japan) have long since been dropped, with the rumored return to Mexico City yet to be completed.
2016 IndyCar Series Schedule
March 13: St. Petersburg
April 2: Phoenix
April 17: Long Beach
April 24: Barber Motorsports Park
May 14: Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 29: Indianapolis 500
June 4-5: Dual in Detroit
June 11: Texas Motor Speedway
June 26: Road America
July 9: Iowa Speedway
July 17: Toronto
July 31: Mid-Ohio
August 21: Pocono
September 4: Boston Grand Prix
September 18: Sonoma
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