To the faithful, it seems an eternity, and may be yet again delayed if the U.S. can't manage to get its pandemic response in order, but according to IndyCar's official 2021 schedule, the human drama of athletic competition begins once more, in the place we recently crowned a six-time champion, in just twelve weeks.
Synchronize your watches.
IndyCar 2021 schedule
March 7 – Streets of St. Petersburg (NBC)
April 11 – Barber Motorsports Park (NBCSN)
April 18 – Streets of Long Beach (NBC)
May 1-2 – Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader (NBCSN)
May 15 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (NBC)
May 30 – Indianapolis 500 (NBC)
June 12-13 – Detroit Belle Isle GP doubleheader (NBC)
June 20 – Road America (NBCSN)
July 4 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (NBC)
July 11 – Streets of Toronto (NBCSN)
Aug. 8 – Streets of Nashville (NBCSN)
Aug. 14 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway GP 2 (NBCSN)
Aug. 21 – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (NBCSN)
Sept. 12 – Portland International Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 19 – WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway (NBC)
And to show how little sometimes changes from year to year, here is last year's introduction to the season, updated:
ten twelve weeks to go! Plenty of time for:
1. Josef Newgarden to plot how to add a Borg-Warner trophy to his collection of Astor Cups.
2. Scott Dixon to work on his conversational
Swedish Spanish, maybe while he changes [fewer] diapers.
3. Felix Rosenqvist
Pato O'Ward and Juan Pablo Montoya Oliver Askew to remember all the new names they'll be learning at Arrow McLaren SP. [O'Ward presumably can remember all the names by now.]
4. Roger Penske to finish his [updated] to-do list of potential changes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
5. James Hinchcliffe to find a ride. [plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.]
6. Foyt to properly calibrate the equipment they'll be using at this year's off-season tests. [Always a good practice.]
7. Coyne to announce he's signing
Ferrucci. Or whomever.
A double-header at Texas. A race over the Cumberland River in Nashville. A return, let us hope, to beloved venues that were skipped last year due to health concerns.
Can this season come off as scheduled? Or is the above just the first of many TBAs?
Cross your fingers.
Roll up your sleeves. Get your (whenever they get around to providing it in your area) vaccinations.
Bring it on!
Edited by red stick, 13 December 2020 - 22:30.