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Toronto set for Road to Indy return on 2022 calendar

by Ida Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The 2022 calendars for Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 have been revealed, with the streets of Toronto set to make a return.

IndyCar’s annual trip to Canada has been cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although both times it and its supports had planned to go to Toronto before postponing and then cancelling the event entirely.

The 2022 edition of Indy Toronto will take place on July 16/17, and both IP2000 and USF2000 have now confirmed they still support with two races each.

IndyCar and the Road to Indy begin their seasons in St. Petersburg on February 26/27, with the support series next appearing at Barber Motorsports Park on April 30/May 1.

Two weeks later they race on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, and as in previous years will hold a triple-header there while most other road and street course rounds consist of two races per weekend.

The first oval race of the year occurs on May 27 at Lucas Oil Raceway, then the series returns to road course action at Road America on June 11/12.

On the July 1-3 weekend supporting IndyCar at Mid-Ohio, USF2000 will hold three races rather than two, as after Toronto there is a IP2000-only trip to the Gateway oval on August 20.

The two series reunite for three-race season finales at Portland International Raceway on September 2-4, meaning both championships run to 18 races each.

Spring Training, the traditional pre-season test on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s road course, takes place on February 17/18 and is followed by a two-day test at Barber (March 21/22).

There’s then an IP2000-only test day there on April 28, and pre-event tests at Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Raceway, Road America, Mid-Ohio and Portland for both series. IP2000 will also get an exclusive test day at Gateway on August 18.

Next year’s IP2000 scholarship, to be spent on advancing to Indy Lights for 2023, will be valued at $614,425, and the equivalent scholarship for claiming the USF2000 title will be $406,925.