The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season will see the road course events over the course of the year are to be condensed into two days, Paddock Eye has learned.
Paddock Eye understands that the NTT IndyCar Series has taken the decision that road course events will be reduced to two days in an effort to reduce the cost of accommodation to the teams in the series and to reduce their personnel’s potential exposure to COVID-19 which continues to run wild around the world despite vaccines being available.
The NTT IndyCar Series went through the entire 2020 season without any COVID-19 cases confirmed within the paddock.
Speaking to Paddock Eye last month, Firestone Racing’s Director of Race Tire Production and Chief Engineer Cara Adams revealed that during testing, Firestone engineers have not been permitted at the track due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.
The reduction in the race weekend schedule will see drivers have fewer laps due to less time on track meaning that teams will rely on simulations through Honda and Chevrolet simulator days.
A number of drivers will make their full-time debut in the NTT IndyCar Series this season. Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will make his race debut at Barber Motorsports in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama which takes place on April 18.
For the races that will be reduced to two days, Firestone Racing has agreed to reduce the number of sets of tires per driver per weekend by one set although rookies will continue to receive an extra set of tires.
Drivers will also continue to test the red wall Alternate tire for the first time in the first practice session of a race weekend. Barber Motorsports Park announced today (Monday) that a limited number of tickets will go on sale on Tuesday.
Suit up, #IndyBHM fans! You've waited long enough! Tickets and camping will go on sale TOMORROW AT 5 PM CST.
— Barber Motorsports (@BarberMotorPark) March 8, 2021