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Series announces tweaks to 2013 races

Fritz added: "Race fans won't want to miss any of the three heat races on Saturday, since the finishing order of each one will be critical in setting the starting grid for the 'big show' on Sunday."

The tweaks to race distances and the latest changes to Iowa's qualifying together with the confirmation of race start times came on the day that the IndyCar Series announced details of its domestic TV coverage arrangements.

"The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series television schedule was created with the goal of keeping things simple for our fans," said Robby Greene, the President and COO of IMS Productions which is the broadcast division of the IndyCar Series. "Our fans asked for more consistency and we thank our television partners and our promoters for working with us to help achieve that goal.

"The biggest point for our fans is they will be able to make IndyCar racing appointment television," added Greene. "IndyCar and our broadcast partners are offering the chance to build our audience continuity with more consistency in start times and network."

In the US, live broadcasts are shared between network broadcaster ABC and specialist cable channel NBC Sports. No details were announced of any new international broadcasting arrangements, and in particular there has been no news about broadcast rights for the UK after Sky Sports' exclusive contract to air the races expired at the end of 2012.

2013 IZOD IndyCar Series calendar

March 24, 2013 St. Petersburg Florida
110 laps, 1.8-mile street circuit - Noon (NBC Sports)

April 7, 2013 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Ala.
90 laps, 2.38-mile road course - 1:30pm (NBC Sports)

April 21, 2013 Long Beach Long Beach, Calif.
80 laps, 1.96-mile street - 4pm (NBC Sports)

May 5, 2013 Sao Paulo Brazil
75 laps, 2.53-mile street circuit - 11am (NBC Sports)

May 26, 2013 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
200 laps, 2.5-mile oval track 11am (ABC)

June 1, 2013 Belle Isle 1 Detroit, Mich.
70 laps, 2.34-mile street circuit - 3:30pm (ABC)

June 2, 2013 Belle Isle 2 Detroit, Mich.
70 laps, 2.34-mile street circuit - 3:30pm (ABC)

June 8, 2013 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas
228 laps, 1.5-mile oval track - 8:30pm (ABC)

June 15, 2013 Milwaukee Mile Milwaukee, Wis.
250 laps, 1-mile oval track - 4pm (NBC Sports)

June 23, 2013 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
250 laps, 0.875-mile oval track - 2:30pm (ABC)

July 7, 2013 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa.
160 laps, 2.5-mile oval track - Noon (ABC)

July 13, 2013 Toronto 1 Ontario, Canada
85 laps, 1.75-mile street circuit - 3pm (NBC Sports)

July 14, 2013 Toronto 2 Ontario, Canada
85 laps, 1.75-mile street circuit - 3pm (NBC Sports)

August 4, 2013 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
90 laps, 2.258-mile road course - 3pm (NBC Sports)

August 25, 2013 Sonoma Sears Point, Calif.
85 laps, 2.303-mile road course - 4pm (NBC Sports)

September 1, 2013 Baltimore Baltimore, Md.
75 laps, 2.04-mile street circuit - 2pm (NBC Sports)

October 5, 2013 Reliant Park 1 Houston, Texas
90 laps, 1.7-mile street circuit - 3pm (NBC Sports)

October 6, 2013 Reliant Park 2 Houston, Texas
90 laps, 1.7-mile street circuit - 1pm (NBC Sports)

October 19, 2013 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, Calif.
250 laps, 2-mile oval - 8pm (NBC Sports)

All times are US Eastern, GMT -5




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Bluemetal - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 11:29 AM

heat races are the most idiotic idea they could come up with to decide the grid. That means it doesn't matter the ability to push as hard as you can to start first and drivers won't risk not having a car to run on Sunday because of a big crash. I'm in no way wasting my time watching this Saturday nonsense. Sunday maybe but as I'm usually on the road will IndyCar have live online broadcasting? I don't think so. Better without Bernard but still the worse managed series in the world.



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