Last year, the race for the IndyCar world championship was a fun one to watch, as it went all the way down to the final race of the season. In the end, it was Alex Palou, a relative newbie to Indy, who walked away with the crown. It was a surprise result and you do have to wonder if he can come back in 2022 and do it all over again. In 2021, the other drivers that were in the hunt were Josef Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, and Scott Dixon. They are all going to be back and looking to dethrone Palou from the top spot. The IndyCar odds for the title will be out soon enough, but we do already know what the 2022 IndyCar schedule looks like, so let’s break it down a little bit.
IndyCar Betting: 2022 Calendar Rundown
The seasons begins on February 27th on the streets of St. Petersburg. This has been the traditional starting place for the IndyCar season for quite some time, but things have been different the past couple of seasons because of the COVID situation. Seeing the first of the 17 races on the season on St. Petersburg will feel like a return to normality for the drivers and the fans. As we just mentioned, there are 17 races this year, which is one more than we got in 2021. That could make for an even more exciting championship race.
The Long Beach Grand Prix is the oldest race on the Indy circuit and served as the final race of the season in 2021. It is back to its usual earlier spot on the calendar, with this one set to go on April 10th as the 3rd race of the season. We will have one more race after that before the drivers head to Indianapolis for back-to-back races. They will run on the road course on May 14 before racing in the Indianapolis 500 a couple of weeks later. For many, this is the race that will be circled on the calendar, as it is always the jewel in the IndyCar crown.
We saw some races taken off the schedule over the past couple of seasons, so it will be nice to see them making a return this year. One such returning race will see the drivers hit the streets of Toronto on July 17th. That one will be followed by a doubleheader weekend in Iowa, with races coming on the 23rd and 24th of July. Once we get beyond that weekend, we will have 5 races left on the season and a good idea of who will be battling it out for the top spot coming down the stretch.
Starting on July 30th, Indy will be in Indianapolis, followed by a street race in Nashville. Then it will be onto the World Wide Technology Raceway followed by Portland before we get to the final and deciding race of the season. The last race of the season will be in Laguna Seca, which was also the final race of the year in the 2019 season. Fans will be hoping that we go into that race with the World Championship up for grabs, as it would be a fitting end to another great season.