With sponsorship backing from Shell/Pennzoil, the event is slated for an October, 4th-6th race weekend.
"When we look at growing our schedule, one of our top objectives is to showcase our racing in major U.S. cities, which in turn helps our sponsors, team owners and television package and is key to the success of our sport," said INDYCAR CEO, Randy Bernard. "As the fourth-largest city in the country, Houston is a great fit for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Reliant Park will be a tremendous venue."
The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston will take place on the 1.7-mile, 10-turn concrete circuit in Reliant Park
"We are thrilled to be returning to Houston," said Mike Lanigan, Chairman and CEO of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. "The Grand Prix was very successful in 2006 and 2007 (Champ Car World Series events won by Sebastien Bourdais), with big crowds at Reliant Park witnessing an exciting three-day festival of speed. In 2013 it will be better than ever."
The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time since early November to test aerodynamic changes developed to help resolve speedway set-up issues discovered in testing with the new 2012 Indy car.
Scheduled for April 4th, all teams are invited to participate with one car piloted by an Indianapolis 500 veteran. Rookies will get their first shot at the 2.5-mile track May 10th.
"What was originally scheduled to be a manufacturers' test has been expanded to provide each team the opportunity to send one car to the test," said Will Phillips, vice president of technology for INDYCAR. "Dallara has worked hard to make sure all the required parts are available to allow teams to test the new package."
Viewing mounds on the south end of the track will be open for public viewing.