The IndyCar Series is the premier level of open-wheel racing in the United States. The series' most famous race is the Indianapolis 500. The 2021 IndyCar Series calendar includes 17 events.
The first edition of the Indianapolis 500 was held in 1911. Ray Harroun was the winner. Eighty thousand spectators were in attendance. An annual tradition had been established. The Indy 500 became one of the most prestigious races on the planet.
The term "IndyCar" originally was a nickname for cars that competed in the Indianapolis 500. Over the years, the term IndyCar supplanted the official descriptor, "Champ Car".
In the early years, the Indy 500 was organized under the auspices of the AAA. From 1983 to 1995, the race was on the CART Calendar. In 1996, the owner of the Indianapolis Speedway introduced a new series, to be called the Indy Racing League, with Indy 500 as its centerpiece. In 2003, the name of the series was changed to "IndyCar Series".
Who are the most successful drivers in the history of the IndyCar Series? Scott Dixon won the championship six times (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020). Dario Franchitti is a four-time champion (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Sam Hornish Jr. has won the IndyCar Series championship three times (2001, 2002 and 2006).
2021 in IndyCar Series: Calendar
- April 18, 2021: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Birmingham)
- April 25, 2021: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Florida)
- May 1, 2021: Genesys 300 (Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas)
- May 2, 2021: XPEL 375 (Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas)
- May 15, 2021: Indy GMR Grand Prix (Road Course, Indiana)
- May 30, 2021: Indianapolis 500 (Motor Speedway, Indiana)
- June 12, 2021: Detroit Grand Prix (Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan)
- June 13, 2021: Detroit Grand Prix (Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan)
- June 20, 2021: The Grand Prix at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)
- July 4, 2021: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio)
- July 11, 2021: Indy Toronto (Canada)
- August 8, 2021: Music City GP (streets of Nashville, Tennessee)
- August 14, 2021: Harvest GP (Road Course, Indiana)
- August 21, 2021: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (Madison, Illinois)
- September 12, 2021: GP of Portland (Oregon)
- September 19, 2021: GP of Monterey (Laguna Seca in Monterey, California)
- September 26, 2021: Grand Prix of Long Beach (streets, California)
2021 Car: Dallara
The chassis supplier for all teams in the 2021 IndyCar Series is Dallara. The engine manufacturers are Honda and Chevrolet. De tire supplier of all teams is Firestone.
Teams and drivers
Who are the drivers in the 2021 IndyCar Series? Here's the list of drivers and teams. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will run all off IndyCar's road and street courses in 2021 with Chip Ganassi. Tony Kanaan will contest the oval events for this team.
Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean will run the road and street circuits for Rick Ware Racing. Pietro Fittipaldi will drive the ovals for the team.
Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will ride the Indianapolis 500 for Arrow McLaren. Simona de Silvestro will ride the Indy 500 for Paretta Autosport. For both riders (Montoya and De Silvestro) the Indy 500 is probably their only race in the 2021 IndyCar Series.
- 2: Josef Newgarden
- 3: Scott McLaughlin
- 12: Will Power
- 22: Simon Pagenaud
AJ Foyt Enterprises (Chevrolet)
- 4: Dalton Kellett
- 11: Charlie Kimball
- 14: Sébastien Bourdais
Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet)
- 20: Conor Daly
- 20: Ed Carpenter
- 21: Rinus VeeKay (Van Kalmthout)
Chip Ganassi Racing (Honda)
- 8: Marcus Ericsson
- 9: Scott Dixon
- 10: Alex Palou
- 48: Jimmie Johnson
- 48: Tony Kanaan
Andretti Autosport (Honda)
- 26: Colton Herta
- 27: Alexander Rossi
- 28: Ryan Hunter-Reay
- 29: James Hinchcliffe
Andretti Herta Autosport
- 98: Marco Andretti
Meyer Shank Racing (Honda)
- 06: Hélio Castroneves
- 60: Jack Harvey
- 59: Max Chilton
Rahal Letterman Lanigan (Honda)
- 15: Graham Rahal
- 30: Takuma Sato
Dale Coyne-Rick Ware Racing (Honda)
- 51: Romain Grosjean
- 51: Pietro Fittipaldi
Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan Racing
- 18: Ed Jones
Arrow McLaren (Chevrolet)
- 5: Patricio O'Ward
- 7: Felix Rosenqvist
- 66: Juan Pablo Montoya
Paretta Autosport (Chevrolet)
- 16: Simona de Silvestro
How to watch IndyCar Series? Official Broadcast Partners
NBC is the official broadcast partner of the IndyCar Series in the United States. Nine of the seventeen races will be shown live on NBC. The other races are live on NBCSN (NBC Sports Network).
NBC Sports has moved the exclusive streaming coverage of the IndyCar Series from Sports Gold to Peacock Premium. Live coverage of the Indycar Series practice and qualifying, as well as the races of Indy Light, will be shown on Peacock Premium.
Sky Sports (tv) is the official broadcast partner for the United Kingdom. DAZN (live stream) is the broadcast partner in many other European countries (Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland). Ziggo Sport Totaal (tv and live stream) is the official broadcast partner of the 2021 IndyCar Series in the Netherlands.
Point Scoring System IndyCar
How's the point scoring system for the 2021 IndyCar Series? The winner of a race gets 50 points. The driver in pole position gets 9 points. Double points are awarded for the Indy 500 (both the race and the qualification).
- 1: 50 points.
- 2: 40 p.
- 3: 35
- 4: 32
- 5: 30
- 6: 28
- 7: 26
- 8: 24
- 9: 22
- 10: 20
- 11: 19
- 12: 18
- 13: 17
- 14: 16
- 15: 15
- 16: 14
- 17: 13
- 18: 12
- 19: 11
- 20: 10
- 21: 9
- 22: 8
- 23: 7
- 24: 6
- 25+: 5
- 1: 9 points
- 2: 8 p.
- 3: 7
- 4: 6
- 5: 5
- 6: 4
- 7: 3
- 8: 2
- 9: 1
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