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2021 IndyCar Series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2021 IndyCar season
NTT IndyCar Series
Season
Races17
Start dateApril 18
End dateSeptember 26
Awards
← 2020
2022 →
Scott Dixon is the reigning IndyCar Series Drivers' Champion.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series will be the 26th season of the IndyCar Series and the 110th official championship season of American open wheel racing. The premier event will be the 2021 Indianapolis 500. It will be the second year under Penske management after they took over in late 2019. Scott Dixon is set to enter his 21st season competing for a National Championship as the defending champion.

Background

2021 was to be the final season that the Dallara DW12 UAK18 and Dallara DW12 chassis package (which debuted in 2012 and 2018 respectively) was to be used in competition. It was also scheduled to be the final season for the 2.2-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine package that debuted in 2012; in October 2020, this was delayed for an additional season, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

Contracted teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers have been announced to compete in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season. All teams use a spec Dallara IR18 chassis with universal aero kit and Firestone tires.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 4 Canada Dalton Kellett[2] All
11 United States Charlie Kimball[3] 5–6
14 France Sébastien Bourdais[4] All
Andretti Autosport Honda 26 United States Colton Herta[5][6] All
27 United States Alexander Rossi[7] All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay[8] All
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport[9] 29 Canada James Hinchcliffe[10] All
Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian 98 United States Marco Andretti[11] 6
Arrow McLaren SP[12] Chevrolet 5 Mexico Patricio O'Ward[12][13] All
7 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[14][15] All
66 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya[16] 6
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Sweden Marcus Ericsson[17] All
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon[18] All
10 Spain Álex Palou[19] All
48 United States Jimmie Johnson[18]  R  1–2, 5, 7–13, 15–17
Brazil Tony Kanaan[20] 3–4, 6, 14
Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing[21] Honda 51 France Romain Grosjean[22]  R  1–2, 5, 7–13, 15–17
TBA 3–4, 6, 14
52 TBA 6
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 18 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones[23] All
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20 United States Conor Daly[24] 1–2, 5, 7–13, 15–17
United States Ed Carpenter[12] 3–4, 6, 14
21 Netherlands Rinus VeeKay[25] All
TBA United States Conor Daly[26] 6
Meyer Shank Racing[12] Honda 06 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[27] 6, 12–13, 15–17
60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey[28] All
Paretta Autosport[29] Chevrolet 16 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 6
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 United States Graham Rahal[30] All
30 Japan Takuma Sato[31] All
Team Penske Chevrolet 2 United States Josef Newgarden[32] All
3 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin[33]  R  All
12 Australia Will Power[32] All
22 France Simon Pagenaud[32] All
R Eligible for Rookie of the Year

Driver changes

Team changes

  • On October 28, 2020, it was announced that DragonSpeed, who competed on a part-time basis in the previous 2 seasons, will be leaving the IndyCar Series and they have sold their Dallara DW12 chassis to Meyer Shank Racing, who are fielding a second car for the 2021 season.[41]
  • Team Penske ended their partnership with Supercars team Dick Johnson Racing (with whom McLaughlin won his three titles) to make room for another IndyCar entry and thus returned to competing with four cars for the first time since 2017.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing also returned to a regular four-car team for the first time since 2017.
  • Dale Coyne Racing announced a partnership with Rick Ware Racing (who field full- and part-time entries in numerous other series including the NASCAR Cup and Asian Le Mans Series) for the full season, changing the number of the teams second entry from No. 19 to No. 51 (split between Grosjean and a driver TBA) and adding a third, No. 52 entry for the Indy 500.
  • On February 18, 2021, Andretti Autosport mentioned that James Hinchcliffe's No. 29 entry would compete under the banner of "Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport", with one of the partners from the former Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport entry, George Steinbrenner IV, returning as a partner.[42]

Schedule

On October 1, 2020, a seventeen-race calendar was announced.[43] Iowa Speedway did not return from the 2020 IndyCar Series calendar, while all tracks that were unable to host races in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic returned to the calendar with the exception of Circuit of the Americas and Richmond Raceway.[44][45] A second road course race at Indianapolis will be held once again, as part of a doubleheader on Brickyard weekend in August.[46][47]

On December 17, 2020, it was announced that in order to provide "the best opportunity to provide our guests with a fun and exciting experience in a safe and unrestricted environment", the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach would be rescheduled from April 18 to September 26, becoming the season finale. Combined with the Portland and Laguna Seca events, this will form a three-race west coast swing to conclude the season.[48]

On January 6, 2021, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was rescheduled to April 25 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the season opener being moved to Barber Motorsports Park.[49]

On January 22, 2021, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was rescheduled to April 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be on NBC network television.[50]

Rd. Date Race name Track Location
1 April 18 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by AmFirst  R  Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama
2 April 25 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg  R  Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida
3 May 1 Genesys 300  O  Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas
4 May 2 XPEL 375
5 May 15 GMR Grand Prix  R  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana
6 May 30 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7 June 12 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix  R  Belle Isle Street Circuit Detroit, Michigan
8 June 13
9 June 20 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
10 July 4 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
11 July 11 Honda Indy Toronto  R  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
12 August 8 Music City Grand Prix[51]  R  Nashville Street Circuit Nashville, Tennessee
13 August 14 TBA[52]  R  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana
14 August 21 Bommarito Automotive Group 500  O  World Wide Technology Raceway Madison, Illinois
15 September 12 Grand Prix of Portland  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon
16 September 19 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey  R  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California
17 September 26 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach  R  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
O Short oval/Superspeedway
R Road/street course

See also

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