INDYCAR ANNOUNCES UPDATE FOR 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES OPENER
INDYCAR officials have announced the NTT
INDYCAR SERIES season opener at Barber Motorsports Park has been rescheduled
from Sunday, April 11 to Sunday, April 18.
The move results in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst being
featured on NBC network television. A record nine events will air on NBC this season.
It’s the first time the 2.38-mile road course will host the opener for the NTT INDYCAR
SERIES. A return to the popular Birmingham, Alabama, racecourse leads an opening
stretch of four races in 15 days with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (April
25) and a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway (May 1-2) to follow. NBC will air the
first two races of the new season and six of the first eight from April to June.
“The schedule changes we’ve had, while partially prompted by ongoing pandemic
conditions, give us a powerful start to the 2021 season,” Penske Entertainment Corp.
President and CEO Mark Miles said. “With six of our first eight races on network
television and all in a more compact timeline, it’s an enormous opportunity to drive even
more momentum as we deliver our exciting brand of racing to our fans.”
Barber Motorsports Park became an instant hit among INDYCAR drivers when the
series first tested on the fast and undulating circuit in 2007. A fan favorite, as well, this
year marks the 11th time the series will race there, a tradition that started in 2010. Two-
time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden is the winningest driver at
Barber, with three wins. Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato is the most
“Zoom Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park jumped at the opportunity to have our
event showcased on NBC network television” said Gene Hallman, CEO of Zoom
Motorsports. “We are proud of the tremendous support that INDYCAR receives annually
here in the heart of the deep south. The facility and museum are world class and we
look forward to highlighting George Barber’s vision in what has become a bucket list
destination for all race fans.”
An updated listing of green flag times for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule will
be announced at a later date.