IndyCar has officially released its 2022 schedule, and the 17-race season is set to be an absolute banger. Here’s all you need to know.
East What is the IMSA calendar?
The biggest of IndyCar misstep with this calendar? It features six huge conflicts with IMSA, the endurance racing series in which many IndyCar drivers participate part-time. And some of these events are significant.
The 12 Hours of Sebring in March is the same weekend as Texas Motor Speedway. There are also conflicts during the Laguna Seca of IMSA, Mid-Ohio, Mosport, Lime Rock and Nashville weekends. This is without counting the other weekends (Long Beach, Belle Isle) where the two series compete on the same track.
Was it intentional? There’s no way to know for sure, but it’s hard not to imagine that IndyCar could have programmed their season around IMSA and specifically chose not to.
A return To ovals
Fortunately, IndyCar leveled the schedule a bit by including another oval site returning to Iowa Speedway. The short track will host a double program. Texas Motor Speedway, which hosted double headers in 2020 and 2021, will once again return to a Sunday-only event. That, along with the Indy 500 and the Gateway (WWT Raceway), brings the total for oval races to five, compared to five street races and seven road courses.
Early – But sparse – Start
For the first time since 2003, the opening race of the 2022 IndyCar season will take place in February at the Saint Petersburg Grand Prix.
While it’s great to see the series making room for more races, the earlier start does not provide more races during this first stint. Instead, the first three races take place in as many months. It’s not a great way to build momentum at the start of the series.
All but three of the races in 2022 will air on NBC proper. These three exceptions are Belle Isle (United States), Toronto (Peacock) and World Wide Technology Raceway (United States). It’s a very healthy look for a series that has often been relegated to NBCSN.
- February 27: Streets of St. Petersburg
- March 20: Texas Motor Speedway
- April 10: Streets of Long Beach
- May 1: BaRber motorsport park
- May 14: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
- May 29: Indianapolis 500
- June 5: Raceway at Belle Isle Park
- June 12: Road America
- July 3: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
- July 17: Streets of Toronto
- July 23: Iowa Speedway Race 1
- July 24: Iowa Speedway Race 2
- July 30: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
- August 7: Streets of Nashville
- August 20: World Wide Technology Raceway
- September 4: Portland International Raceway
- September 11: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca