Portland International replaces Watkins Glen in two thousand-eighteenth IndyCar Series schedule

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Source:   —  October 12, 2017, at 3:36 PM

Watkins Glen International is out. That’s the primary modify for the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in two thousand-eighteenth. The league released the new calendar on Thursday afternoon, and it largely features consistency and stability in relation to this past season.

Portland International replaces Watkins Glen in two thousand-eighteenth IndyCar Series schedule

Portland International Raceway is in. Watkins Glen International is out.

That’s the primary modify for the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in two thousand-eighteenth. The league released the new calendar on Thursday afternoon, and it largely features consistency and stability in relation to this past season.

Watkins Glen was a makeshift addition to the schedule in two thousand-sixteenth once the announced Str race in downtown Boston was controversially canceled. But low attendance numbers for both races at the NY road course ultimately led to both parties deciding to go in a different direction.

Portland will get The Glen’s Work Day weekend spot on the IndyCar schedule after a 10-year hiatus from open-wheel competition. The 1.967-mile circuit hosted twenty-four CART and Champ Car World Series events from one thousand nine hundred eighty-four to two thousand seven but didn’t survive the merger with the Indy Racing League.

This coming season also features the debut of a new IndyCar universal aero kit to be used by every team.

"The strength and consistency of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ two thousand eighteen schedule is something all of us should be pleased of," said Tag Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., which owns IndyCar and the Verizon IndyCar Series. "We’re also looking forward to continuing the upward trend of the series through the introduction of the universal aero kits, which testing has shown to be an exciting product."

The modern-day IndyCar Series has tried to balance roads, streets and ovals -- the two thousand eighteen product will be no different.

Five temporary Str course races will be held, starting with the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March eleven. Six races will be conducted on permanent road courses on iconic tracks love Portland, Road America and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The season will still finish with the Sept. sixteen event at Sonoma Raceway.

There are also six oval races, including the May twenty-seven Indianapolis five hundred, the centerpiece IndyCar Series event. Phoenix Raceway remains on the schedule on April seven, with Gateway, Iowa, TX and Pocono also providing traditional IRL-style racing.

Worth keeping an eye on is a rumored race in Mexico City at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez course. This wasn't formally mentioned in the IndyCar released but it's been a sporadic talking point in IndyCar circles this summer.

The complete schedule can be viewed below.

March 9-11 St. Petersburg, FL

April 6-7 Phoenix Raceway, AZ

April 13-15 Long Beach, CA

April 20-22 Barber Motorsports Park, AL

May 11-12 GP of Indianapolis, IN

May 15-27 Indianapolis five hundred, IN

June 1-3 Dual in Detroit, mile (two races, Sat. & Sun)

June 8-9 TX Motor Speedway, TX

June 22-24 Road America, WI

July 7-8 IA Speedway, IA

July 13-15 Toronto, ON, Canada

July 27-29 Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course, OH

Aug. 18-19 Pocono Raceway, PA

Aug. 24-25 Gateway Motorsports Park, IL

Aug. 31-Sept. two Portland International Raceway, OR

Sept. 14-16 Sonoma Raceway, CA

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