INDYCAR Announces Its 2024 Schedule
INDIANAPOLIS (September, 2023) – INDYCAR has announced a 17-race schedule for the 2024 NTT INDYCAR Series season, which will take the world’s most competitive motorsport series into several fan-favorite markets, including a return to the historic Milwaukee Mile.
The schedule is also highlighted by two Saturday night races, a unique made-for-TV exhibition in Southern California, a global entertainment destination as the new host city for the season finale, and 12 races on NBC's broadcast network bolstered by live streaming on Peacock.
The Milwaukee Mile, on the schedule for the first time since 2015, will run a double header on Labor Day weekend. Hosting IndyCar racing since 1939, the oval has featured wins by legendary drivers such as Rodger Ward (seven), Michael Andretti (five), and four-time Milwaukee race winners A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, Johnny Rutherford, Tom Sneva, Paul Tracy, Al Unser and Bobby Unser.
“There is such a great tradition and history of INDYCAR racing at the Milwaukee Mile, and we are excited to build on that legacy with a Labor Day weekend NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader beginning in 2024,” said Roger Penske, chairman of Penske Corporation. “We appreciate all the loyal and passionate INDYCAR fans in Milwaukee and across the state of Wisconsin, and thanks to our partnership with the Wisconsin State Fair Park, we can’t wait to return to the Mile next season.”
The 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opens Sunday, March 10 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, for the 20th Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The series will crisscross the United States, including a stop for the 108th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26, before all roads lead to Nashville for the championship finale Sunday, Sept. 15.
For the sixth consecutive season, NBC Sports will be the exclusive home for INDYCAR coverage in the U.S. with 12 races on the NBC network. Peacock remains the streaming home of INDYCAR. Peacock will be the exclusive home of Toronto for the third year in a row and Milwaukee (Race 1) for the first time. In addition to the exclusive races, Peacock will simulstream all races airing on TV plus all practices, qualifying and INDY NXT by Firestone races.
Two street circuits and two road courses will set the stage for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. After the 2024 season opens Sunday, March 10 for the 14th time in St. Petersburg, the NTT INDYCAR Series returns to The Thermal Club for the first $1 Million Challenge Sunday, March 24.
Serving as an Open Test and a non-points NBC showcase, the event will take place at the world-class facility located just outside of Palm Springs, Calif. The $1 Million Challenge weekend format will include a qualifying session and two heat races. With members of The Thermal Club embedded with race teams and drivers, the top six finishers from the two heat races will advance to a showcase of stars, where they’ll compete for a $1 million prize.
The NTT INDYCAR Series schedule resumes Sunday, April 21 with the Long Beach Grand Prix for the 40th time. Barber Motorsports Park will host the series on Sunday, April 28. The traditional Month of May calendar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway begins with a race on the road course Saturday, May 11 before two days of qualifying on the oval on Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. The 108th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is on Sunday, May 26.
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday, June 2 kicks off five weekends of racing: Road America in Elkhart Lake, (Wis.) on Sunday, June 9 followed by WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. on Sunday, June 23, marking the first time in 21 years the IndyCar Series raced there in June.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course hosts the NTT INDYCAR Series on Sunday, July 7. The annual Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend doubleheader at Iowa Speedway is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, which includes a return to Saturday night racing on the 13th.
The final race before the Summer Olympics break takes the NTT INDYCAR Series back to the Streets of Toronto on Sunday, July 21. The 2024 season closes out with five races – including three on ovals – in five weeks. Beginning with the World Wide Technology Raceway oval on Saturday night, Aug. 17, the series then heads west to Portland International Raceway to race Sunday, Aug. 25 for the 30th time.
The new Labor Day weekend doubleheader at the Milwaukee Mile will run Saturday Aug. 31 and and Sunday, Sept. 1 before ending the season in Nashville Sunday, Sept. 15.
For the first time, the NTT INDYCAR Series champion will be crowned on the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix weekend. Previously announced, the 2024 season awards ceremony will take place in the Music City, on Monday, Sept. 16 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
The INDYCAR Radio Network again will provide audio coverage of all NTT INDYCAR Series sessions via SiriusXM Channel 160 and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.