IndyCar announces 2018 race schedule
IndyCar has released the race schedule for the 2018 IndyCar series with a swap for Watkins Glen the most notable change.
Watkins Glen makes way for Portland in 2018
Watkins Glen makes way for a return to Portland International Raceway in Oregon. The legendary circuit in upstate New York joined the IndyCar schedule in 2016 as it replaced the disastrous Boston Grand Prix.
Since then it has struggled to attract crowds, owning much to its Labor Day weekend slot.
IndyCar and the circuit could not settle on a mutually agreeable alternate date paving the way for a return to Portland. The circuit last hosted American open wheel racing in 2007 when ChampCar visited.
No IndyCar race in Mexico City, yet
There is no slot on the schedule for a proposed race in Mexico City. It is expected to feature at the earliest on the 2019 schedule.
The 2018 season will start in St Petersburg on March 11 and finish at Sonoma Raceway in September.
2018 IndyCar Series schedule
|March 11||St Petersburg, FL||Street circuit|
|April 7||Phoenix Grand Prix, Phoenix International Raceway, AZ||Oval|
|April 15||Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach CA||Street circuit|
|April 22||Grand Prix of Alabama, Barber Motorsports Park, AL||Road course|
|May 12||IndyCar Grand Prix, Indy Motor Speedway, IN||Road course|
|May 27||102nd Indianapolis 500, IN||Oval|
|June 2-3||Detroit Grant Prix 1 & 2, Detroit, MI||Street circuit|
|June 9||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX||Oval|
|June 24||Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI||Road course|
|July 8||Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA||Oval|
|July 15||Indy Toronto, Toronto, Ontario||Street circuit|
|July 29||Mid-Ohio, Lexington, OH||Road course|
|August 19||Pocono 500, Long Pond, PA||Oval|
|August 25||Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL||Oval|
|September 2||Portland Grand Prix, Portland Raceway, OR||Road course|
|September 16||Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway, CA||Road course|