IndyCar Series '13 Schedule Features 19 Races, Including Return To Pocono
The '13 Izod IndyCar Series schedule will have 19 races, highlighted by a return to Pocono Raceway after 24 years and a new street course event in Houston. The 19 races is up from 15 this year and includes three doubleheaders, with two races taking place on a single weekend. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard unveiled the schedule last night on Speed's "Wind Tunnel."
|DATE||TRACK OR CITY||TYPE OF RACE||NETWORK|
|Mar. 24||Streets of St. Petersburg||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|April 7||Barber Motorsports Park||Road course||NBC Sports Network|
|April 21||Street of Long Beach||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|May 5||Streets of Sao Paulo||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|May 26||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Oval||ABC|
|June 1||Streets of Belle Isle||Street course||ABC|
|June 2||Streets of Belle Isle||Street course||ABC|
|June 8||Texas Motor Speedway||Oval||ABC|
|June 15||Milwaukee Mile||Oval||NBC Sports Network|
|June 23||Iowa Speedway||Oval||ABC|
|July 7||Pocono Raceway||Oval||ABC|
|July 13||Streets of Toronto||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|July 14||Streets of Toronto||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|Aug. 4||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Road course||NBC Sports Network|
|Aug. 25||Raceway at Sonomo||Road course||NBC Sports Network|
|Sept. 1||Streets of Baltimore||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|Oct. 5||Reliant Park||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|Oct. 6||Reliant Park||Street course||NBC Sports Network|
|Oct. 19||Auto Club Speedway||Oval||NBC Sports Network|
GOING FOR THE TRIPLE CROWN: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reports the 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway will be the first for IndyCar at the track since '89 and also will be "part of a rejuvenated Triple Crown that includes the 500-mile races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway." A driver winning at all three tracks will receive a $1M bonus while "two wins among those three tracks will be worth an extra $250,000." IndyCar "last contested the Triple Crown in 1989" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/1). Late Pocono Raceway Owner & CEO Joseph Mattioli in '09 said that he "didn't want to see IndyCar races back at the track." At the time, Mattioli indicated that he "lost money three years in a row on the races, including $200,000 hosting the final one" (POCONO RECORD, 9/29).
HEADING BACK TO CHARM CITY: In Baltimore, Chris Korman notes IndyCar is returning to Baltimore for a third year, but the '13 race "wasn't assured until Tuesday" when Race On LLC head J.P. Grant "reached an agreement on a sanctioning fee" with Bernard. Grant said that though it lost a "significant amount" of money on the '12 Baltimore Grand Prix, Race On "has paid its bills." Korman writes whether the Baltimore "becomes a fixture like the road race in Long Beach, Calif., will depend on how well Race On can cut costs and market the event in a still-skeptical downtown." Grant still believes that the race "can become a signature event that draws large crowds to Baltimore and burnishes the city's reputation." As part of the '13 deal, Race On "will advertise during IndyCar broadcasts throughout the season." Creating "more buzz on television is important" to Bernard (Baltimore SUN, 10/1).