The NTT IndyCar Series has confirmed that the 2021 season which is just over halfway through following Sunday’s dramatic REV Group Grand Prix of Road America will feature 16 races as there will be no replacement event for the canceled Honda Indy Toronto which had been due to take place next month.
The series will head to Ohio in two weeks’ time for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course. In a statement released on Monday, IndyCar said:
Last month, due to restrictions in Ontario focusing on COVID-19 health-and-safety measures, organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES announced the cancellation of this year’s event. In a decision based on the strength of the remainder of the 2021 schedule, we wanted to touch base to let you know we will not replace that event on this year’s calendar.
We are thrilled the season will continue next month with a memorable July 4th race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which has hosted the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since 1980. It will be followed by an action-packed August with a fantastic inaugural event on the Streets of Nashville, another historic NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the final oval of the season at World Wide Technology Raceway.
The 2021 season will wrap with an epic West Coast swing at legendary circuits of Portland International Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the Streets of Long Beach.
IndyCar said in a statement provided to Paddock Eye:
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES looks forward to the remainder of a strong and compelling 2021 calendar. The schedule is set with legendary road and street courses and a daring oval, which have become trademarks to winning the series championship and the Astor Cup. A historic Indianapolis 500, combined with other thrilling and memorable spring events, has highlighted the series’ exciting mix of youth and highly established stars. This year’s 16-race schedule has set the stage for a tremendous stretch run.
July 4 – Honda Indy 200
August 8 – Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
August 14 – Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis
August 21 – Bommarito Automotive Group 500
September 12 – Grand Prix of Portland
September 19 – Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
September 26 – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – Championship Day