As one of essentially two new venues on the calendar, Circuit of The Americas will host the Verizon IndyCar Series for its first time soon after the 2019 season kicks off in March.
Located in the Lone Star State, COTA is the United States’ lone purpose-built Grand Prix facility and, as the venue for the second round of 2019, is the second-longest circuit on the updated schedule behind Road America.
COTA has hosted Formula 1, MotoGP, sports car racing’s Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship and more since opening in 2011. The Austin, Texas racetrack is absent from the FIA WEC’s “Super Season” schedule, however, and was traded by IMSA for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2018.
Though top-level sports car racing is missing, two IndyCar races will be held in the state with Texas Motor Speedway returning on June 8. The 1.5-mile superspeedway in Texas will be the second oval visited in 2019 as COTA effectively replaces the outgoing ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
Beyond the addition of COTA and return of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, minor date changes for two other events are reflected on the 2019 schedule.
IndyCar will head to Barber Motorsports Park to race Sunday, April 7 — the weekend occupied by the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the first four of its nine years. The series’ 13th visit to Iowa Speedway, meanwhile, has been pushed back two weeks for its return to a Saturday night slot.
Featuring seven road courses, five ovals and five street races at four temporary tracks, the 2019 season will mark the second year of competition for the universal aero kit and the first of INDYCAR’s exclusive media rights deal with the NBC Sports Group. Nearly half of the 17 races will be telecast on NBC, heightening IndyCar’s exposure on network television.
|March 10||Streets of St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg, Fla.|
|March 24||Circuit of The Americas||Austin, Texas|
|April 7||Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham, Ala.|
|April 14||Streets of Long Beach||Long Beach, Calif.|
|May 11||Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|May 26||Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|June 1||Raceway at Belle Isle Park||Detroit, Mich.|
|June 2||Raceway at Belle Isle Park||Detroit, Mich.|
|June 8||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Texas|
|June 23||Road America||Elkhart Lake, Wis.|
|July 14||Streets of Toronto||Toronto, Ontario|
|July 20||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa|
|July 28||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, Ohio|
|Aug. 18||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Pa.|
|Aug. 24||Gateway Motorsports Park||Madison, Ill.|
|Sept. 1||Portland International Raceway||Portland, Ore.|
|Sept. 22||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Salinas, Calif.|