The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is the premier open-wheel auto racing series in North America.
The series features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including six-time and defending series champion Scott Dixon, two-time champ Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits, including The Raceway at Belle Isle Park.
The season, which runs from March to September, currently consists of 16 races in the United States and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge held annually in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Belle Isle hosted the only doubleheader street course race weekend on the 2021 series schedule, with two full points-paying championship races held on back-to-back days at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader.
For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.IndyCar.com
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA)
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is North America's premiere sports car endurance racing series. Competitors from across the globe compete for honors at some of the most historic and iconic racetracks in North America. The series features a total of four classes: Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM), and GT Daytona (GTD) racing at the same time at most races, driven by many of the world's best road racers. In 2021, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Belle Isle included the DPi and GTD classes along with the GTLM class racing in an exhibition event.
The DPi class features the fastest and most technologically advanced cars in North America. DPi cars from manufacturers such as Acura, Cadillac and Mazda are specifically designed and engineered for the racetrack. While unique in appearance, the technology being developed in the DPi category is relevant and directly tied to manufacturers' R&D initiatives. The GTD cars are enhanced by technology and utilize the global FIA GT3 technical specifications. The GTD class consists of cars from leading manufacturers such as Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.
The 12-race 2021 WeatherTech Championship schedule is highlighted by endurance races such as the around-the-clock season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
To help fans follow the on-track action, IMSA uses a Leader Light System. It allows fans to easily identify the position of each car in its respective class.
The position of the car is displayed on an LED panel mounted on the side of the car and the color of the LED number corresponds with the class. Each of the four WeatherTech Championship classes has a unique color for its number panels and digital position indicators.
The Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class has black number panels with white lights for its position indicators.
The Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class has blue number panels and position lights, with the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class using red number panels and position lights.
The GT Daytona (GTD) class has green number panels and position indicators.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
The third and final step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is operated by Andersen Promotions, which oversees all three levels of the ladder system including the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
The Road to Indy is the only driver development program in the world to feature a champion’s scholarship at every level to advance to the next step on the ladder system. Enhancements in 2021 include an increased value of the champion’s scholarship award to $1,250,000. A guaranteed entry for the champion into at least three 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES events, including the Indianapolis 500, will remain. Also new in 2021, the top-three finishers in the Indy Lights championship will each receive a NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at the conclusion of the season.
The driver assist program remains an important part of the entire Road to Indy program. Since the formation of the ladder system in 2010, 37 Indy Lights drivers have made starts in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Twenty-three of the 33 starters in the 2020 Indianapolis 500 were Indy Lights graduates, including eight Indy Lights champions.
In 2021, Indy Lights competed at the Detroit Grand Prix for the first time since 2012, with races run on both Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13.