Today’s question: What is your favorite part of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule released Sept. 25?
Curt Cavin: As I wrote about Tuesday here on INDYCAR.com, I like that five of the final eight races of the season will be held on short tracks, with doubleheaders at Iowa Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile sandwiched around the annual trip to World Wide Technology Raceway. Two of those races will be held on Saturdays under the lights, which adds to the energy. As an aside, I think the stretch run really sets Josef Newgarden up for a run at his third series championship in eight years, although Alex Palou will be my title pick before the season opens in March. The other thing I like about the schedule is not having races on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In my opinion, anything we can do to promote family time is a win for those who give so much of their time to the sport. And, of course, finishing the season in Nashville figures to be a grand celebration for the new champion.
Paul Kelly: I think everyone is stoked the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is returning to the Milwaukee Mile, one of the sport’s most historic venues. A doubleheader in Beer City USA is even better, especially putting two ovals in the last three races in the dash for the Astor Challenge Cup. I’m also a big fan of the season finale moving to Nashville, which is one of the three most happening cities in America along with Las Vegas and Austin. I also like the peril and unpredictability of finishing the season on an unforgiving, chaotic street circuit, as winning this championship is supposed to be hard, not a cruise on Easy Street. But here’s my favorite part of the schedule: After the Olympics break in late July through mid-August, the season finishes with five races in five weekends, with three on ovals and one apiece on a road course and a street circuit. That will highlight the diversity of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition at the time when probably the most fan eyeballs will be focused outside of the Month of May, which is a good thing for the sport. Finishing with three ovals in the stretch run also reminds just how exciting these cars are on circle tracks, too.