Houston will stage is first major open-wheel race since 2007, according to the 2013 IndyCar Series calendar published today

IndyCar Series organisers have revealed a radically overhauled calendar for the 2013 season, unveiling a 19-race schedule that includes three double-header events. The series also returns to Houston and Pocono Raceway.

The new calendar features a more even mix of road, street and oval circuits, with the addition of two events, and the loss of the race at Edmonton Airport.

Three of next year’s events – at the Detroit, Toronto and Houston street circuit rounds – will have races on Saturday and Sunday. These three rounds will also see the introduction of a concept truly foreign to IndyCar fans: the standing start…

Detroit will also revert to the 2.3-mile track layout formerly used between 1998-2001 after this year’s return event was marred by a major track break-up during the race.

Houston’s Reliant Park street circuit layout will host its first open-wheel race since the Champ Car Series last raced there in 2007, while Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway has spent even longer on the sidelines – it hasn’t hosted a round of the IndyCar Series since 1989!

The 400-mile race at Pocono will be one of three long-distance oval races – the others being the traditional Indianapolis 500 and the season-ending Fontana 500 – that will form part of the reinstated ‘Triple Crown’. Should a driver win all three races, they will pocket a $1 million bonus; if they win two, then they’ll earn $250,000.

The addition of these extra races means that next year’s season will finish a month later than the now-finished 2012 campaign.

The 2013 IndyCar Series calendar reads as follows:

Date Event Venue
24 MAR USA Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg Streets of St Petersburg, Florida
07 APR USA Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama
21 APR USA Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, California
05 MAY BRA Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 Streets of São Paulo, Brazil
26 MAY USA 97th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana
01 JUN USA Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (Race 1) Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan
02 JUN USA Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (Race 2) Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan
08 JUN USA Firestone 550 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
15 JUN USA Milwaukee IndyFest Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin
23 JUN USA Iowa Corn Indy 250 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
07 JUL USA Pocono 400 Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania
13 JUL CAN Honda Indy Toronto (Race 1) Streets of Toronto, Canada
14 JUL CAN Honda Indy Toronto (Race 2) Streets of Toronto, Canada
04 AUG USA Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio
25 AUG USA Go-Pro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway, California
01 SEP USA Grand Prix of Baltimore Streets of Baltimore, Maryland
05 OCT USA Shell Grand Prix of Houston (Race 1) Reliant Park, Houston, Texas
06 OCT USA Shell Grand Prix of Houston (Race 2) Reliant Park, Houston, Texas
19 OCT USA American REALTV 500 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California

The calendar could expand further to include a possible street circuit event in the Rhode Island town of Providence – which is reportedly still under negotiations – while rumours continue to swirl that the championship could make a return to its traditional Australian home at Surfers Paradise.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.