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The 2014 IndyCar schedule is released on NBCSN (VIDEO)

Oct 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Over the last few weeks, details of the 2014 IndyCar schedule have emerged drip-by-drip and on Thursday night, the full gush of the entire schedule was revealed on NBCSN.

An 18-race schedule at 15 race weekends is fairly in line with this year’s 19-race, 16 weekend calendar. But it’s a condensed schedule running from the season opener March 30 at St. Petersburg to the season finale, August 30, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Six ovals, four road course races and eight street course races will make up the 18-race slate, which will be held over just 23 weeks. There are no long “schedule gaps,” with only one two-week break from Texas Motor Speedway June 7 to Houston’s doubleheader June 28-29.

“The 2014 schedule reflects a more condensed North American calendar to increase the consistency with our race weekends,” said Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR. “We’ll be building momentum throughout the season toward crowning our champion on Labor Day weekend.”

Baltimore is dropped as is Brazil, which was in a perpetual state of “maybe” after an agreement with the current promoter could not be reached. It could still happen though, per Miles. The Indianapolis road course race in May is the only new addition.

Detroit, Houston and Toronto retain their doubleheader status, same as they were this year.

There’s a handful of race dates that move. Barber Motorsports Park shifts to after Long Beach to April 26. Rumors of Houston’s move to late June have come true with its switch to June 28-29. Both of IndyCar’s short ovals shift as well, Iowa to mid-July, on July 12, and Milwaukee to August 17.

2014 IndyCar schedule:

March 30: Streets of St. Petersburg (SC)
April 13: Streets of Long Beach (SC)
April 26: Barber Motorsports Park (RC)
May 10:   Grand Prix of Indianapolis (RC)
May 25:   Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)
May 31:   Raceway at Belle Isle Park (SC)
June 1:   Raceway at Belle Isle Park (SC)
June 7:   Texas Motor Speedway (Oval)
June 28:  Reliant Park (SC)
June 29:  Reliant Park (SC)
July 6:   Pocono International Raceway (Oval)
July 12:  Iowa Speedway (Oval)
July 19:  Streets of Toronto (SC)
July 20:  Streets of Toronto (SC)
Aug. 3:   Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (RC)
Aug. 17:  The Milwaukee Mile (Oval)
Aug. 24:  Sonoma Raceway (RC)
Aug. 30:  Auto Club Speedway (Oval)

  1. kitnamania13 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    We knew this was coming, but I’m still amazed by the stupidity of it all. A 7-month offseason? Check. A doubleheader in one of America’s hottest cities right at the summer solstice? Check. The best street circuit removed from the schedule? Check. The continued downward spiral of the series in the post-Randy era? Big check.

  2. 1910nuffsaid - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Wow: I know they did not want to race late into October but ending in August. Basically its a 14 race schedule. Double headers are the same as a single race. With all the tracks across the country and they couldn’t add a road coarse in the mix. This is about as boring a schedule as you could get. The series is becoming a joke. Great team, Great drivers, pathetic promotion.

  3. wallio - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Can’t say I like the 7 months off, unless they’re starting that winter series they talked about years ago. And that stinks about Brazil, considering the teams got paid to go.

  4. f1fan1 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    2014 gone be the graterist IRL mindycar season ever. You just watch, those 0.1 ratings are going to go all the way up to 0.12 next year. Eggcitment amplified! Thank you IRL braintrust…no more waiting till next year any more!

  5. Jeff - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I like the condensed schedule. Still wish there were more ovals though.

  6. dhalb34 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I like the condensed schedule. Stop trying to compete with football and baseball playoffs. NASCAR should take notice.

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