IndyCar Opener Pushed Back, Moved to ‘Big NBC’

The NTT IndyCar Series season opener at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama has been postponed again, this time moving back a week from Sunday April 11 to Sunday April 18.

The move allows the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama to be featured on NBC network television. A record nine races will air on over the air NBC in 2021.

The event will initiate a busy opening stretch for the IndyCar Series with four races in 15 days with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (April 25) and a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway (May 1-2) to follow.

Over the air NBC will air the first two races of the 2021 season and six of the first eight from April to June.

“The schedule changes we’ve had, while partially prompted by ongoing pandemic conditions, give us a powerful start to the 2021 season,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. “With six of our first eight races on network television and all in a more compact timeline, it’s an enormous opportunity to drive even more momentum as we deliver our exciting brand of racing to our fans.”

An updated listing of green flag times for the 2021 schedule will be announced at a later date. The current schedule itself can be found below.

April 18 – Barber Motorsports Park (NBC)
April 25 – Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (NBC)
May 1-2 – Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader (NBCSN)
May 15 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (NBC)
May 30 – Indianapolis 500 (NBC)
June 12-13 – Detroit Belle Isle GP doubleheader (NBC)
June 20 – Road America (NBCSN)
July 4 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (NBC)
July 11 – Streets of Toronto (NBCSN)
Aug. 8 – Streets of Nashville (NBCSN)
Aug. 14 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway GP 2 (NBCSN)
Aug. 21 – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (NBCSN)}
Sept. 12 – Portland International Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 19 – WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 26 – Streets of Long Beach (NBC)


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