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Speculating on 2020 IndyCar Schedule (2nd Update)
Michael Andretti pitting in Mexico City in 2001
Michael Andretti pitting in Mexico City in 2001. The crowd size rivaled the Indy 500

UPDATE Correction to our assumed 2020 IndyCar Schedule. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will return to its usual dates on the third weekend of April 17-19 in 2020. The event moved up to the second weekend in 2019 only because Easter was on the third weekend this year.

They have scheduled the event on that third weekend into the future except for 2022 when Easter will again be on that weekend Grand Prix President Jim Michaelian told AutoRacing1.com. 

No.DateVenueComment
1Sun Feb 16Surfers ParadiseAssumes 3 week separation between
Surfers and St. Pete for travel
2Sun, Mar 8St. Petersburg
3Sun, Mar 22AustinSame weekend as 2018
4Sun, Apr 5BarberSame weekend as 2018
 Sun, Apr 12EasterNo Racing
5Sun, Apr 19Long BeachOne week later than 2018 to avoid Easter
6Sun Apr 26Mexico City*Teams depart straight from LB
7Sat, May 9GP Of IndySame weekend as 2018
8Sun, May 24Indianapolis 500Memorial Day Weekend
9Sat, May 30Detroit - Race 1Always 1 week after Indy 500
10Sun, May 31Detroit - Race 2
11Sat, Jun 6Ft.WorthSame weekend as 2018
12Sun, Jun 21Road AmericaSame weekend as 2018
13Sun, Jul 12TorontoSame weekend as 2018
14Sat, Jul 18IowaSame weekend as 2018
15Sun, Jul 26Mid-OhioSame weekend as 2018
16Sun, Aug 18PoconoSame weekend as 2018
17Sat, Aug 22GatewaySame weekend as 2018
18Sun, Sep 6PortlandAgain Labor Day weekend
19Sun, Sep 20Laguna SecaSame weekend as 2018
 Sun, Sep 27Mexico City*Preferred date for Mexico City



2002. The crowd in the stadium section was just as huge for CART as it is for F1 today
2002. The crowd in the stadium section was just as huge for CART as it is for F1 today

05/15/19 With the news that F1 will no longer feature on the 2020 F1 calendar, now is IndyCar's chance to take its place. We assumed in our hypothetical 2020 calendar below that IndyCar would head south to Mexico City straight after the Long Beach race. While that makes the most sense logistically, the door is now open for IndyCar to take F1's fall date, not in November, but perhaps late September or the first week in October. The average high both months is 75 degrees.

When CART Champ Cars ran there in the early 2000s the place was packed.  Wouldn't it be nice if IndyCar had a season finale that had packed grandstands (easily over 150,000), making it look like a winner, rather than the sparse crowds we saw at Sonoma and will see at Laguna Seca, which make IndyCar look like a loser. 

There is this notion that IndyCar must finish their season in the USA. Hogwash, hardly anyone shows up anyway. Mexico City is in the central time zone, which is perfect for the USA fanbase watching on TV.

This is not rocket science Mr. Miles. 

 

 

Our guess at the 2020 IndyCar schedule. What do you think?
Our guess at the 2020 IndyCar schedule. What do you think?

04/20/19 We take a swipe at what the 2020 IndyCar schedule might look like. We assume:

  1. Two new races, Surfers Paradise and Mexico City bringing total to 19-races. Both races are only 25% likely to happen at this point
  2. Surfers opens the season in February (if it happens, which we doubt)
  3. Most races on same weekend as 2018
  4. Trucks drive south straight from Long Beach to Mexico City the following weekend, or after Laguna Seca in Sept. Mexico City makes too much sense not to happen.
No.DateVenueComment
1Sun Feb 16Surfers ParadiseAssumes 3 week separation between
Surfers and St. Pete for travel
2Sun, Mar 8St. Petersburg
3Sun, Mar 22AustinSame weekend as 2018
4Sun, Apr 5BarberSame weekend as 2018
5Sun, Apr 12Long BeachSame weekend as 2018
6Sun Apr 19Mexico City*Teams depart straight from LB
7Sat, May 9GP Of IndySame weekend as 2018
8Sun, May 24Indianapolis 500Memorial Day Weekend
9Sat, May 30Detroit - Race 1Always 1 week after Indy 500
10Sun, May 31Detroit - Race 2
11Sat, Jun 6Ft.WorthSame weekend as 2018
12Sun, Jun 21Road AmericaSame weekend as 2018
13Sun, Jul 12TorontoSame weekend as 2018
14Sat, Jul 18IowaSame weekend as 2018
15Sun, Jul 26Mid-OhioSame weekend as 2018
16Sun, Aug 18PoconoSame weekend as 2018
17Sat, Aug 22GatewaySame weekend as 2018
18Sun, Sep 6PortlandAgain Labor Day weekend
19Sun, Sep 20Laguna SecaSame weekend as 2018
 Sun, Sep 27Mexico City*Preferred date for Mexico City
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