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IndyCar gears up for the final 10 races of 2014 in next 10 weeks

Jun 23, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

IndyCar Detroit Auto Racing AP

The Verizon IndyCar Series has had two weekends off since it took the checkered flag Saturday night, June 7, at Texas Motor Speedway.

It now has two off weekends – total – between now and the end of the season.

This is when the condensed schedule concept created by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles will either make or break teams as they head down the crazy stretch of races.

Here’s the weekend-by-weekend schedule from here until the end of August:

1.  June 28-29, Houston doubleheader
2.  July 6, Pocono 500-miler (double points)
3.  July 12, Iowa night race
4.  July 19-20, Toronto doubleheader
5.  July 27, OFF WEEKEND
6.  August 3, Mid-Ohio
7.  August 10, OFF WEEKEND
8.  August 17, Milwaukee
9.  August 24, Sonoma
10. August 30, Fontana season finale, 500-miler night race (double points)

For comparison, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series has already raced 16 times compared to IndyCar’s 8 – and still has 10 more regular season races to go before their Chase for the Cup. So 20 races to go versus 10, but those 20 are spread out between now and November 17, rather than 10 until August 30.

F1? Also with 11 races to go, but like NASCAR, stretching into November.

My conversation I had with racing legend Mario Andretti at Circuit of the Americas last year prompted some harsh words for this schedule layout for IndyCar.

And over the next several weeks – there’s six races in four weekends coming up – we’ll see how the IndyCar teams and series holds up through this meat grinder of a schedule.

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