The NTT INDYCAR SERIES may be on their off season, however, having said that it has been a very busy week for the sport.

Champion Alex Palou received with mini Astor Cup at a Gala event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while his teammate Marcus Armstrong, fresh from being confirmed as a full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver with Chip Ganassi Racing from 2024 collected his Rookie Of The Year Award.

Ed Carpenter Racing tested two drivers this weekend with INDY NXT presented by Firestone driver Christian Rasmussen and former INDYCAR driver Oliver Askew for a potential seat alongside Rinus VeeKay.

Two-time INDYCAR SERIES race winner Kyle Kirkwood signed a multi-year contract extension with Andretti Global to drive the No.27 AutoNation Honda in the INDYCAR SERIES for the foreseeable future.

Speaking about the news, Team co-owner and CEO Michael Andretti said:

Kyle’s dedication and talent have been instrumental in our team’s success this past season, and he has continued to show that he has what it takes to compete at the highest level in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Our goal has always been to consistently compete for wins and Championships and we felt that solidifying Kyle’s future at Andretti was key to making that happen. Bringing Kyle into the multi-year plans along with Colton [Herta] and Marcus [Ericsson] will only strengthen the continuity we’ve been looking for in our INDYCAR program.”

Kyle Kirkwood commented saying:

I am thrilled to be able to continue with Andretti Global for years to come. We have built something special within the team this year and I’m excited to see what we can do next season in the No. 27 AutoNation Honda. It’s fantastic that I will now have the opportunity to work with the same group – it’s a luxury I haven’t had the privilege of having since my karting days. Now we can put our heads down and fully focus on winning races and becoming a strong Championship contender. I have such a huge respect for this team and it will be an honor to continue to call myself an INDYCAR driver for Andretti Global.”

In other Andretti Global news, Paddock Eye understands that Paretta Autosport will run the team’s fourth car in 2024, with Simona De Silvestro competing in the series.

The other major news of of the week was the announcement of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule.

There will be 17 races next season with the addition of The Thermal Club $1 million challenge which will be a number of heat races.

Paddock Eye understands that Cusick Motorsports will compete in the race

The schedule will also feature a return to Milwaukee for the first time since 2015, with the venue serving up a double-header ahead of the season-ending Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the new Nashville street layout.







Sunday, March 10


Streets of St. Petersburg


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, March 24


The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge*


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, April 21


Streets of Long Beach


USA Network, Peacock


Sunday, April 28


Barber Motorsports Park


NBC, Peacock


Saturday, May 11


Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)


NBC, Peacock


Saturday, May 18


Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 1


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, May 19


Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 2


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, May 26


Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval)


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, June 2


Streets of Detroit


USA Network, Peacock


Sunday, June 9


Road America


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, June 23


WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca


USA Network, Peacock


Sunday, July 7


Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course


NBC, Peacock


Saturday, July 13


Iowa Speedway Race 1


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, July 14


Iowa Speedway Race 2


NBC, Peacock


Sunday, July 21


Streets of Toronto




Saturday, Aug. 17


World Wide Technology Raceway


USA Network, Peacock


Sunday, Aug. 25


Portland International Raceway


USA Network, Peacock


Saturday, Aug. 31


Milwaukee Mile Race 1




Sunday, Sept. 1


Milwaukee Mile Race 2


USA Network, Peacock


Sunday, Sept. 15


Streets of Nashville


NBC, Peacock


*Non-points event

President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation Mark Miles commented saying:

The upward trajectory of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is reflected through the 2024 schedule. “With stops at premier and global entertainment districts, classic American road courses and thrilling, high-speed ovals, the 2024 season will be exhilarating and highly competitive from beginning to end.

“The growth of INDYCAR is palpable. Combined with the efforts of our teams and partners, the 2024 championship will be the perfect showcase for our drivers as we continue to build on our reach and popularity.”

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