IndyCar returns to Mid-Ohio July 4, 2021


11th race in 17-race schedule

IndyCar Mid-Ohio 2014

Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Chevrolet during the Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 3, 2014 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) –  The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the 15th consecutive year in 2021, and it will be the first time that America’s premier open-wheel racing series will visit Central Ohio on Independence Day.

IndyCar on Thursday released its full, 17-race 2021 schedule, and for the first time in Mid-Ohio’s 36-year IndyCar history, the track’s Honda Indy 200 will be Sunday, July 4.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our great country than with a great IndyCar race weekend,” Mid-Ohio president Craig Rust said in a statement. “This date also gives us the opportunity to be broadcast nationally on NBC.”

IndyCar has visited the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Morrow County road course in all but five years since 1980, but the race has usually been held somewhere between late July and mid-September. This year, the Honda Indy 200 was scheduled for Aug. 9, then postponed because of COVID-19, and finally held Sept. 12-13 as a doubleheader.

Green Savoree Racing Promotions owns and operates Mid-Ohio and three other events on the 2021 calendar: Portland International Raceway in Oregon and street course races in Toronto and St. Petersburg, Fla.

“We can’t thank our fans enough for their patience and understanding as we’ve navigated this fluid situation around the pandemic,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and CEO, in a statement. “Our team has worked very, very hard to hold as many events as possible this year while keeping the health and safety for all involved as the top priority.”

State and local health officials allowed Mid-Ohio to host 6,000 fans per day during this September’s IndyCar weekend. The track implemented various health protocols, including closing grandstands, spacing fans six feet apart, requiring masks be worn at all times and placing hand sanitizer stations around the track.

Green Savoree Racing Promotions says its races “will continue to be held based on the ongoing guidance of the CDC and mandates of national, state and local authorities regarding public gatherings.”

Full schedule

Changes from IndyCar’s pre-pandemic 2020 schedule include the addition of a street course race in Nashville, Tenn., and the dropping of Circuit of the Americas, Iowa and Richmond.

With the latter two tracks off the schedule, IndyCar will run just four oval races next year: a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis.

Sun., March 7Streets of St. PetersburgNBC4
Sun., April 11Barber Motorsports ParkNBCSN
Sun., April 18Streets of Long BeachNBC4
Sat., May 1Texas Motor SpeedwayNBCSN
Sun., May 2Texas Motor SpeedwayNBCSN
Sat., May 15Indianapolis (road course)NBC4
Sun., May 30The 105th Indianapolis 500NBC4
Sat., June 12Detroit Belle Isle ParkNBC4
Sun., June 13Detroit Belle Isle ParkNBC4
Sun., June 20Road AmericaNBCSN
Sun., July 4Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseNBC4
Sun., July 11Streets of TorontoNBCSN
Sun., Aug. 8Streets of NashvilleNBCSN
Sat., Aug. 14Indianapolis (road course)NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 21World Wide Technology RacewayNBCSN
Sun., Sept. 12Portland International RacewayNBC4
Sun., Sept. 19WeaterTech Raceway Laguna SecaNBC4

Start times of races will be announced at a later date.

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