IndyCar releases 2017 series schedule

The Verizon IndyCar Series released its 2017 schedule on Thursday, featuring 17 races running from March until September.

For the sixth year in a row, the season-opener will be held on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida on March 12, and finish six months later at Sonoma Raceway on Sept. 17.

Many popular tracks which returned to the series in 2016, such as Watkins Glen, Road America and Phoenix, are again on the 2017 calendar. Meanwhile, the series will also be returning to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003.

In total, the 17-round schedule features six road course races, six oval course races, and five rounds on temporary street courses.

The season’s premier race – the 101th running of the Indianapolis 500 – will be held on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Full 2017 IndyCar Schedule:

Round 1 – March 12 – Streets of St. Petersburg

Round 2 – April 9 – Streets of Long Beach

Round 3 – April 23 – Barber Motorsports Park

Round 4 – April 29 – Phoenix International Raceway

Round 5 – May 13 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Round 6 – May 28 – Indianapolis 500

Round 7 – June 3 – Belle Isle Park – Race 1

Round 8 – June 4 – Belle Isle Park – Race 2

Round 9 – June 10 – Texas Motor Speedway

Round 10 – June 25 – Road America

Round 11 – July 9 – Iowa Speedway

Round 12 – July 16 – Streets of Toronto

Round 13 – July 30 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Round 14 – August 20 – Pocono Raceway

Round 15 – August 26 – Gateway Motorsports Park

Round 16 – September 3 – Watkins Glen International

Round 17 – September 17 – Sonoma Raceway