The IZOD IndyCar series announced its 2013 schedule live on SPEED TV's Wind Tunnel program, Sunday night and it includes not one but two Honda Indy Toronto races.
They will run sequentially on the same weekend – one on Saturday, July 13 and the other on Sunday, July 14 – but both will be full races counting full points toward the championship.
One other significant change: both races will feature a Formula-One-style standing start, rather than the series' traditional rolling start.
Toronto will be one of three double-header race weekends, which also include Detroit (Belle Isle) and Houston. They, too, are city-street races and will also feature standing starts – the only ones in the 19-race series to do so.
The second Toronto race effectively replaces the Edmonton round, which traditionally runs two weeks later but has been dropped from the 2013 schedule.
Two new race venues, Houston and Pocono, have been added to the schedule. Neither is totally new to IndyCar as both have previously hosted races. The Pocono race will be a 400-miler.
The expected addition of Michigan International Speedway did not materialize for the 2013 season but may be in the cards for the future.
By adding the double-headers and one more track (net of the Edmonton loss), IndyCar has extended the series by four races, relative to 2012, while only adding one more weekend to the calendar.
Previous plans to expand into China and Korea have apparently been abandoned, with Brazil's long-standing event the only race to take place outside North America.
A special (US)$1,000,000 prize is being offered for the driver who can win all three of the series' big-oval races – the Indianapolis 500, the Pocono 400 and the California 500 (Fontana).
The 19-race season begins in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 24, 2013, and ends in Fontana, California, on October 19, 2013.
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