The Verizon IndyCar Series have released the official 2016 race calendar which features a total of 16 races including the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 which takes place on May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Speaking about the new schedule, Mark Miles, President of Hulman and Company, the parent company to the Verizon IndyCar Series commented by saying:
Overall, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is another key step forward in INDYCAR’s strategic vision, We’re confident that the momentum that INDYCAR has experienced in fan engagement over the past two seasons will continue as a result of the tireless efforts of our event promoters and our improved scheduling on ABC and NBCSN.
The season kicks off on March 13 with the Grand Prix of St Petersburg and 2016 will see the return of Phoenix and Road America along with the debut of Boston on the calendar and speaking about the 2016 schedule, reigning series champion, Scott Dixon commented by saying:
Road America and Phoenix are great venues and two of the best choices that we could have to add to the schedule, I’m looking forward to both race events. Road America is an old-school American track that I always look forward to. Phoenix was a fun track for me in the past. I tested there (earlier this year) and the changes that they’ve made has maybe opened up quite a few different grooves. The racing will be very exciting; we’ll put on a great show.
Mark Miles went on to say:
The 2016 season is defined by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, The historic significance of our season is marked by this legendary event and the return of several storied venues such as Road America and Phoenix. Half the venues on our schedule have hosted 25 or more INDYCAR races and further our rich heritage as the premier form of open wheel racing in the United States.
The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in full looks like this:
March 13 – Streets of St Petersburg
April 2 – Phoenix International Raceway
April 17 – Streets of Long Beach
April 24 – Barber Motorsports Park
May 14 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 29 – Indianapolis 500**
June 4 – Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 5 – Raceway at Belle Isle Park
June 11 – Texas Motor Speedway
June 26 – Road America
July 10 – Iowa Speedway
July 17 – Streets of Toronto
July 31 – Mid-Ohio Sports car course
August 21 – Pocono Raceway
September 4 – Streets of Boston
September 18 – Sonoma Raceway