IndyCar set for extremely uncommon look in 2022 opener

The 2022 IndyCar season is scheduled to get underway this afternoon on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, marking the primary February begin in almost twenty years.

Following an thrilling Saturday afternoon qualifying session, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is about to get the 17-race 2022 IndyCar season, the primary 17-race season since 2019, underway this afternoon on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

With at present’s 100-lap race round the 14-turn, 1.8-mile (2.897-kilometer) non permanent avenue circuit, IndyCar is about to see its first February begin in almost twenty years; this observe has not hosted a February race for the reason that 2003 CART season.

The newest season to start in February was the 2004 season, which started on Sunday, February 29. Excluding leap years, no season had begun in February for the reason that 2003 CART season began on Sunday, February 23, making the beginning of the 2022 season the earliest within the final 19 years.

Apparently sufficient, on-track competitors has really begun in January earlier than, and January begins have been much more widespread than February begins.

The Indy Racing League started within the month of January again in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Previous to this run of January begins, the game hadn’t begun a season earlier than March since 1971, when the USAC Championship Automobile season began on Sunday, February 28.

There’s one disadvantage to this schedule, nevertheless, and it’s the truth that races are set to be scarce till the sequence travels to the Racing Capital of the World in mid-Might.

After at present, the subsequent race on the calendar is scheduled to happen at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 20, three weeks from at present; Texas Motor Speedway hasn’t hosted a March IndyCar race earlier than.

Then three weeks later, the streets of Lengthy Seaside, California are scheduled to host the subsequent race on Sunday, April 10. Three weeks after that, Barber Motorsports Park is scheduled to host the subsequent race on Sunday, Might 1. In its first 11 races, the observe by no means hosted a race exterior of April.

Solely after this race are the gaps between races set to shorten, with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course scheduled to host a race on Saturday, Might 14 and the 106th working of the Indy 500 scheduled to happen on the observe’s oval on Sunday, Might 29.

Tune in to NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET this afternoon for the dwell broadcast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and ensure you don’t miss this chance to begin your free trial of FuboTV!

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