IndyCar 2013 schedule on NBC Sports Network and ABC begins with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 24.
The IZOD IndyCar Series starts the engines on the 2013 season at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida on Sunday, March 24, beginning at 12pm ET on NBC Sports Network. Will Power, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal and last season’s IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay take on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn course through downtown St. Petersburg and Albert Whitted Airport.
The expanded 2013 schedule includes the addition of IndyCar to Pocono Raceway and the streets of Houston.
IndyCar also introduces a Triple Crown award, which pays a $1 million bonus to a driver who manages to win the Indy 500, the Pocono IndyCar 400 and the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. (A driver who wins two of the three races still gets a $250,000 bonus.)
ABC airs six races, including the Indy 500 May 26 and the June 8 prime-time Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. NBC Sports Network airs the rest of the schedule.
IndyCar 2013 Schedule on NBC Sports Network and ABC
All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change.
March 24: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Streets of St. Petersburg, 12pm, NBC Sports Network
April 7: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Barber Motorsports Park, 1:30pm, NBC Sports Network
April 21: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Streets of Long Beach, 4pm, NBC Sports Network
May 5: São Paulo Indy 300, Streets of São Paulo, 11am, NBC Sports Network
May 26: Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 11am, ABC
June 1-2: Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, 3:30pm, ABC
June 8: Firestone 550, Texas Motor Speedway, 8:30pm, ABC
June 15: Milwaukee IndyFest, The Milwaukee Mile, 4pm, NBC Sports Network
June 23: Iowa Corn Indy 250, Iowa Speedway, 2:30pm, ABC
July 7: Pocono IndyCar 400, Pocono Raceway, 12pm, ABC
July 13-14: Honda Indy Toronto, Streets of Toronto, 3pm, NBC Sports Network
Aug. 4: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3pm, NBC Sports Network
Aug. 25: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway, 4pm, NBC Sports Network
Sept. 1: Grand Prix of Baltimore, Streets of Baltimore, 2pm, NBC Sports Network
Oct. 5-6: The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, Reliant Park, 3pm (10/5), 1pm (10/6), NBC Sports Network
Oct. 19: MAVTV 500, Auto Club Speedway, 8pm, NBC Sports Network
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