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2021 NTT IndyCar Series Season Preview


With the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series about to drop the green flag for the first time this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, we here at Racing Refresh.com would like to give you our 2021 season preview as we embark on another 17 race schedule to crown a new IndyCar Champion.

The Schedule:

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series schedule looks a lot different this year, as many tracks that had their race postponed or taken off the schedule due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic are back in 2021. The season kicks off

For the second year in a row, the first race of the season will not be held on the Streets of St. Petersburg due to the pandemic, but instead head to Barber Motorsports Park on April 18th, returning to the schedule after being lost to the pandemic. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be the second event of the year on April 25th, after hosting the 2020 season finale where Dixon won his sixth series championship.

After that, teams will travel to Texas Motor Speedway for a doubleheader event on Saturday and Sunday, May 1st and 2nd, for the Genesys 300 and Xpel 375. The series will then get a one-week break before traveling to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for preparations of the fastest month in motorsports.

On May 15th, the teams will run the road course layout for the GMR Grand Prix, which was dominated by Dixon last season as he won the first three races of the season. In 2020, the series raced this layout three times, and in 2021 they will run the course twice, returning on August 14th.

Returning to tradition on Memorial Day weekend, the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be held on May 30th. Qualifying will be held the week prior on Saturday and Sunday May 22-23. Last year, in the only Indy 500 held outside the month of May, Takuma Sato dueled with Dixon to the very end, winning his second Borg-Warner Trophy in the process.