IndyCar sticks with 16-race season for 2021

American series announces that cancelled Toronto round will not be replaced.

IndyCar sticks with 16-race season for 2021

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  • IndyCar was considering possible replacements for Toronto round
  • Penske Entertainment tells Autosport that creating a double-header offered little return for promoters

North American open-wheel racing series IndyCar has confirmed that it will run a 16-race season in 2021 following the cancellation of its event in Toronto.

The series revealed in May that its Toronto round would be cancelled for a second year straight due to Covid-19 restrictions, and it has now announced that the race will not be replaced.

At the time, IndyCar was considering possible replacements for the round, with a third race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pegged as a favourite.

Despite this, Penske Entertainment revealed to Autosport that turning any races into double-header events gave very little return on investment for promoters unless they were able to secure additional sponsorship.

‘Last month, due to restrictions in Ontario focusing on Covid-19 health-and-safety measures, organisers of the Honda Indy Toronto and the IndyCar series announced the cancellation of this year’s event,’ an IndyCar statement read.

‘In a decision based on the strength of the remainder of the 2021 schedule, we wanted to touch base to let you know we will not replace that event on this year’s calendar.

‘The NTT IndyCar Series looks forward to the remainder of a strong and compelling 2021 calendar. The schedule is set with legendary road and street courses and a daring oval, which have become trademarks to winning the series championship and the Astor Cup.

‘A historic Indianapolis 500, combined with other thrilling and memorable spring events, has highlighted the series’ exciting mix of youth and highly established stars. This year’s 16-race schedule has set the stage for a tremendous stretch run.’