The event serves as an open test as well as a shootout for a $1 million prize, and also helps to fill the gap that has traditionally come in the early spring portion of the calendar.
What is missing from the early season slot is a visit to Texas Motor Speedway. Scheduling troubles meant that there was not a feasible place to stick the high speed oval, and it has been left off the schedule for the first time in over 25 years.
The Milwaukee Mile makes a return, however, with a double header event near the end of the season.
IndyCar will race on the historic oval for the first time since 2015, answering fans’ hopes for another oval track to show off close racing on the banking that the series is known for.
“There is such a great tradition and history of IndyCar racing at the Milwaukee Mile, and we are excited to build on that legacy with a Labor Day weekend NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader beginning in 2024,” said Roger Penske.
“We appreciate all the loyal and passionate IndyCar fans in Milwaukee and across the state of Wisconsin, and thanks to our partnership with the Wisconsin State Fair Park, we can’t wait to return to the Mile next season.”
There is a sizeable gap in the schedule to accommodate the Summer Olympics from Paris, which runs July 24 through August 11.
NBC is the United States’ television provider for both the Olympics and IndyCar, and there are not adequate resources or television space available to cover both simultaneously.
After the late-season summer break, IndyCar returns to action with a Saturday night race at World Wide Technology Raceway.
It is one of two events that will be held on Saturday evening, and will bring action back under the lights after 2023 held all of its races in the middle of the afternoon.
The season wraps up with a race around downtown Nashville, with a new date that pushes the event a couple months later than usual.
There will be two races that will be shown exclusively on the streaming platform Peacock in the United States, up from one event the past two years.
Start times will be released at a later date, as the series works with NBC to lock in all the details for the year.