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2018 INDYCAR SCHEDULE REVEALED; PORTLAND RETURNS 2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE

March 11 Streets of St. Petersburg street course

- Photograph­y by courtesy of INDYCAR Phoenix Raceway

Sixteen of the 17 races from 2017 will also return with most falling in the same spot on the calendar. The newcomer to next year's schedule is Portland Internatio­nal Raceway, which hosted Indy car races under CART and Champ Car sanction from 1984-2007, including what is still the closest race finish in Indy car history on a road or street course. The Portland event is set for Labour Day weekend in 2018.

The 2018 season will also feature the introducti­on of universal aero kits to be used by all teams. The new kits are designed to create a sleeker look for the car that is reminiscen­t of traditiona­l Indy cars from the past. The aerodynami­cs involved are expected to promote more intense competitio­n by allowing cars to run closer together providing more passing opportunit­ies.

The Portland Internatio­nal Raceway event is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 2 on the 1.967-mile permanent road course and will be operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes the Verizon Indycar Series events at St. Petersburg, Toronto and Mid-ohio. The return to Portland takes INDYCAR back to a traditiona­l market and sets up a West Coast swing to finish the season, with the Portland event followed by the Sonoma finale.

Official track activities for the 2018 Verizon Indycar Series season begin with two days of open testing at Phoenix Raceway on Feb. 9-10.

All races on the 2018 Verizon Indycar Series schedule will be broadcast by television partners ABC and NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada, as well as the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The final broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

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