The start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season at Barber Motorsports Park has been moved from April 11 to April 18 in order to accommodate the race on NBC. The race was originally scheduled for April 11 on NBC Sports but with it now moved to NBC it can have a prime-time slot which is important given the driver changes we have had for 2021 including seven time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson moving across to IndyCar. Johnson will make his race debut with Chip Ganassi Racing at Barber Motorsports Park.
The rest of the revised calendar remains the same as the series heads from Alabama to St Petersburg on April 25 before the double header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on May 1 and 2.
The change to the start of the season means that there will be four back to back races to kick start the season before the teams and drivers move into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
The GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place on May 15th two weeks before the Indianapolis 500. Following the trip to Indy,, the series takes a break for two weeks before heading to Detroit for double header there on June 12 and 13.
Following on from Detroit, the team’s head to Road America on June 20 before heading to Mid Ohio on July 4. The series makes its trip across the border into Canada on July 11 for the Honda Indy Toronto which is scheduled to take place following a year off the calendar due to COVID 19.
The series takes a break in anticipation of the Olympics taking place. The series returns on August 8 for the inaugural trip to Nashville before heading back to Indy for the Harvest Grand Prix on August 14. The show heads to Gateway on August 21.
In September the series has three races scheduled in three weeks to gap off the season with Portland on 12, Laguna Seca on the 19th before the season wraps up with Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on September 26.