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IndyCar Announces Inaugural All-Star Race Coming in 2024

The NTT IndyCar Series made a major announcement on Sunday (September 10) of the addition of an exhibition “All-Star” race to its 2024 schedule.

The event has been dubbed “The Million Dollar Challenge,” and will be held at The Thermal Club outside of Palm Springs in California on March 24, 2024 on NBC. Practice and qualifying will take place on March 22 and 23.

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Similar to most exhibition races, there will be no points on the line. Instead, $1 million will be up for grabs. The format will consist of two heat races on the 17-turn, 3-mile circuit in which the top six finishers will advance into the main event.

“The teams, drivers and the entire paddock are true professionals, and we look forward to developing our relationship with them in the future,” owner of the facility John Rogers said. “This marquee racing challenge in March promises to be special for everyone including spectators, Thermal members and race fans tuning in at home.”

The announcement marks only the second race to be confirmed for the 2024 IndyCar schedule after the sanctioning body announced the Nashville street course will host the series’ finale next year.

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Garrett joined Frontstretch as a news writer in 2023, and became a fantasy racing and betting writer in 2024. Hailing from the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia,  he's a married father of three and currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at New River Community Technical College in Beaver, WV. He has been a racing fan since 1998, primarily watching NASCAR, but branching out to F1 and IndyCar as his love for motorsports has grown.

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Jeremy

Hmmm. I’m not sure about this. Is there a non-points “all star” event in any sporting series that is anything more than weird gimmicks and worth watching? I think I’d rather they run it as a normal points paying race and add it to the Championship schedule instead of some weird one off event.

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