IndyCar announces 2011 schedule

The IndyCar Series has unveiled a 17-round schedule for its 2011 season, with the return of the Milwaukee Mile confirmed as part of the calendar

IndyCar announces 2011 schedule

The already-announced new street race in Baltimore and return to the New Hampshire one-mile oval in Loudon are the other two definite additions, while Las Vegas Motor Speedway is expected to be brought back into the fold as the season finale, although that deal is not yet complete.

To make room for these changes, the ovals at Kentucky, Chicagoland and Homestead have all been dropped along with the Watkins Glen road course. All four venues are run by International Speedway Corporation.

The schedule features eight oval races, five street circuits, and four road course or airport layouts.

"It was important that the IZOD IndyCar Series continue to strike a balance between ovals and non-ovals to maintain our claim to the most diverse racing schedule in the world," said series chief Randy Bernard.

"We want to have the best drivers in the world, and it's important that our schedule truly challenges the best through short ovals, speedways, temporary circuits and road courses."

Among the other alterations are the return of St Petersburg to the season-opener slot, with this year's opening round in Sao Paulo becoming 2011's fourth event on 1 May.

The Indianapolis 500 will be the first oval race on the calendar for the first time, while Texas retains the immediate post-Indy slot - which traditionally belonged to Milwaukee - despite the Wisconsin oval's return. Milwaukee's race will instead take place on 19 June. Texas will be run as a double-header, with two separate rounds happening under the lights on race day.

The only other venue to see a significant date change is Kentucky Speedway, which shifts from a September date to October and returns to a daytime slot rather than running at night. Iowa Speedway's event shifts from daylight to being a floodlit evening event.

Should the deal with Las Vegas to host the final round fall through, the Fontana superspeedway is tipped to get the race instead.

Rnd Date Venue Circuit type 1. 27 March St Petersburg Street 2. 10 April Barber Motorsports Park Road 3. 17 April Long Beach Street 4. 1 May Sao Paulo Street 5. 29 May Indianapolis 500 Oval 6. 11 June Texas Motor Speedway Oval (2 races) 7. 19 June Milwaukee Mile Oval 8. 25 June Iowa Speedway Oval 9. 10 July Toronto Street 10. 24 July Edmonton Airport 11. 7 August Mid-Ohio Road 12. 14 August New Hampshire Motor Speedway Oval 13. 28 August Infineon Raceway Road 14. 4 September Baltimore Street 15. 18 September Twin Ring Motegi Oval 16. 2 October Kentucky Speedway Oval 17. tba Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Oval 
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