The wait for the 2015 IndyCar Series season schedule has now finally drawn to a close, with series officials announcing a 17-race schedule – down from 18 in 2014 – for the North American open-wheel series.

Continuing with its still-to-be-explained logic of a condensed six-month calendar, the championship will kick off on March 8 in Brazil and close at the end of August at Sonoma Raceway. It marks the first time since 1995 that a road course will host the final event of the season.

The traditional superspeedway finale at Fontana has been dropped, with the Californian oval circuit playing host to a June calendar slot.

With last year’s calendar featuring three double-header events, the 2015 schedule has just one: a pair of street circuit races around the Belle Isle parklands in Detroit.

Previously announced calendar additions at Brasília and New Orleans remain on the schedule, while the pair of street circuit races at Houston’s Reliant Park are dropped this year.

The sole Canadian round originally slated to take place at Mosport has been moved back to its traditional street circuit venue at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, and it will be the fourth venue over consecutive weekends to host the championship as it crisscrosses the continent.

2015 IndyCar Series Calendar:

Date Event Venue
08 March Brasília Indy 300 au Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet, Brasília
29 March Grand Prix of St Petersburg ru St Petersburg street circuit, Florida
12 April Grand Prix of Louisiana ru NOLA Motorsports Park, Louisiana
19 April Grand Prix of Long Beach ru Streets of Long Beach, California
26 April Grand Prix of Alabama ru Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama
09 May Grand Prix of Indianapolis ru Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC, Indiana
24 May Indianapolis 500 ru Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana
30-31 May Indy Dual in Detroit ru Belle Isle, Michigan
06 June Firestone 600 ru Texas Motor Speedway, Texas
14 June Grand Prix of Mosport it Exhibition Place street circuit, Canada
27 June MAVTV 500 ru Auto Club Speedway, California
12 July ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 ru The Milwaukee Mile, Wisconsin
18 July Iowa Corn Indy 300 ru Iowa Speedway, Ohio
02 August Honda Indy 200 ru Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio
23 August Pocono Indy 500 ru Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania
30 August Grand Prix of Sonoma ru Sonoma Raceway, California

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