Preview: The NTT IndyCar Series Returns at The Thermal Club

March 20, 2024Speed Trap Magazine
NTT Indy Car

IndyCar returns this weekend at The Thermal Club road course for the $1 Million Dollar Challenge.

Track: The Thermal Club; Thermal, California, USA
Track Details: 3.067-mile, 17-turn road course
Testing: Friday – 9-11 a.m. PT, 2-5 p.m. PT;
Saturday – 9-11 a.m. PT, 1-3 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium)
Qualifying: Saturday – 5-5:45 p.m. PT (Peacock Premium)
$1 Million Dollar Challenge: Sunday – 9:30 a.m. PT (NBC)

Source: NTT IndyCar Youtube

About Thermal Club

20 LAPS | 61.34 MILES

One of the most unique race weekends in the history of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will take place March 22-24 at the picturesque The Thermal Club near Palm Springs, California.

Located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, just down the road from the world’s premier entertainment market of Los Angeles, The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge event weekend includes a crucial two-day Open Test, group qualifying sessions, two heat races and a 12-car “all-star” race with $1.756 million at stake – the largest purse for an INDYCAR SERIES race outside of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

The Twin Palms layout at the Thermal Club is a 3.067-mile (4.82-km) raceway which includes most of that South Palm circuit and adds a highly demanding trajectory on top to get to a total of 19 turns. The layout consists of sweepers, tight corners, long straightaways, and elevation changes, providing a proper driving and engineering challenge to teams.