INDIANAPOLIS — The NTT IndyCar Series said they will keep the schedule intact for the remainder of 2021. There were rumors and speculation about what they will do with rescheduling the street race in Toronto for somewhere else.
The most logical choice was a doubleheader in Mid-Ohio since both races are promoted by the same group. If not there, Portland would have been the other opportunity as that track too is hosted by Green-Savoree.
But, INDYCAR has now said that they’ll keep the schedule alone. Instead of replacing Toronto’s date with a doubleheader somewhere else, they’ll just stick to the plan and do 16 races instead of 17.
Roger Penske said a few weeks ago that he’d prefer to not do doubleheaders because they were used last year to just get by. They needed to get to 14 races to fulfil contracts in place already. Belle Isle is good enough for the doubleheader front but Penske mentioned that they’re tough on teams to do and that just adding a doubleheader weekend wasn’t a very good option. Just adding a new track isn’t going to cut it either.
So, INDYCAR kept it alone and just will move forward with the rest of the schedule and not replace Toronto. That leaves one less race for everyone to catch Alex Palou in the title race as he leads Pato O’Ward by 28 points heading into the next race at Mid-Ohio in two weeks.