AGUA CALIENTE CASINOS INDYCAR SERIES’ Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge to take place March 22-24 at The Thermal Club, located in the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs, CA- (Tuesday, March 12, 2024)– Agua Caliente Casinos, the award-winning premier destination in greater Palm Springs for entertainment, gaming, and wellness, is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with The Thermal Club, to host the Coachella Valley’s first ever NTT INDYCAR SERIES event, a pulsating, wheel-to-wheel action packed weekend at The Thermal Club, March 22-24, which includes a unique, made-for-TV racing exhibition on Sunday March 24. The special event will be on the 17-turn, 3.067-mile layout at the exclusive club and will offer a total purse of over $1 million and will receive a network broadcast showcase on NBC.

“Agua Caliente Casinos has stood at the forefront of groundbreaking cutting-edge gaming, live entertainment, and unparalleled experiences in the Coachella Valley. Our strategic alliance with The Thermal Club further solidifies our dedication to provide exceptional, one-of-a-kind experiences, illuminating our position as the leaders of world-class experiences for the greater Palm Springs region,” said Saverio R. Scheri III, Chief Operating Officer at Agua Caliente Casinos.

In partnership with The Thermal Club, Agua Caliente Casinos will be offering special INDYCAR weekend packages which includes access to the entire weekend of March 22-24, 2024, seating area with a Premium view of the track, food and beverage, parking, and access to the paddock featuring closeup views. The made-for-TV (NBC Network), three-day event, featuring 27 full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and their teams, is extremely limited for this “ULTIMATE VIP RACE PACKAGE” and VIP credentials are now available.

Agua Caliente ACE Club members can enjoy a special 15% discount on $500 The Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge tickets. It’s easy and free to sign up for ACE Club. To learn more and access this ticket discount and other member benefits, visit an ACE Club at any Agua Caliente Casinos property.

“We are extremely excited to partner with a great local organization like Agua Caliente Casinos in the inaugural $1 MILLION CHALLENGE for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES all-star event,” said Tim Rogers, founder and owner, The Thermal Club. “Agua Caliente is well-known as a premier entertainment destination and venue. And it is a sensational collaboration of two world-class facilities like Agua Caliente Casinos and The Thermal Club which bring great experiences to the Coachella Valley every year. We can’t wait for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES machines to hit The Thermal Club road circuit on March 22-24 for this great event.” 

“INDYCAR’s introduction to the Palm Springs market has opened the doors to many relationships both on and off the track,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “Agua Caliente Casinos, an industry-leader in entertainment experiences, is a shining example of that. We look forward to a return to The Thermal Club for this first-of-its-kind exhibition to watch the stars and teams of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES put on a tremendous show.”

As a charitable component to the event, Thermal Club members have donated $10,000 to benefit Martha’s Village & Kitchen, a local Indio organization.

The Thermal Club is a private, world-class facility, located just outside of Palm Springs, California, is an expansive  490-acre property known as the ultimate destination for driving-minded motorsports enthusiasts. Located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, The Thermal Club has everything from luxury homes to a motorsports village and gourmet restaurants. The facility was named “Professional Motorsport Facility of the Year” at the 2017 Professional Motorsports World Expo in Germany.


Event: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Open Test – Friday

  • Date: March 22, 2024
  • Time: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Location: 61980 Tyler St, Thermal, CA 92274
  • Description: The day features two NTT INDYCAR SERIES test sessions, for a total of five hours,  featuring the series’ world-class drivers and teams as they prepare for upcoming 2024 races and Sunday’s $1 Million Challenge.
  • Coverage: Peacock

Event: Open Test and qualifications – Saturday

  • Date: March 23, 2024
  • Time: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Location: 61980 Tyler St, Thermal, CA 92274
  • Description: The day features two NTT INDYCAR SERIES test sessions, for a total of four hours, followed by two group qualifying sessions for Sunday’s $1 Million Challenge.
  • Coverage: Peacock and INDYCAR Radio Network (qualifying)

Event: The Therma Club $1 Million Challenge – Sunday

  • Date: March 24, 2024
  • Time: 8 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: 61980 Tyler St, Thermal, CA 92274
  • Description: Two NTT INDYCAR SERIES heat races will decide the 12-car field for the $1 Million Challenge final race.
  • Coverage: NBC, Peacock and INDYCAR Radio Network

TICKETS $500.00

About Agua Caliente Casinos

Agua Caliente Casinos are located in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, and Cathedral City, CA. Agua Caliente Casinos has earned the Forbes Travel Guide Awards for its fifth consecutive year in 2024 for three of its property venues. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage has been awarded two Forbes Four-Star ratings for The Steakhouse and The Hotel, with Sunstone Spa earning the Forbes Five-Star Award in 2024. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also a AAA Four Diamond property and was ranked top 5 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in Newsweek in 2023. The Sunstone Spa also ranked in the top spas in the U.S. and number three in California by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas 2022; The Steakhouse is a consecutive winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2007; and Agua Caliente is the only hotel in Greater Palm Springs to have achieved Forbes Four-Star status. The Spa at Séc-he in downtown Palm Springs opened in 2023 and won the Sustainable Spa Award by the Green Spa Network and the Best of the Best by Palm Springs Life along with being named the No. 1 Spa in America by Spas of America in 2023. Agua Caliente Casinos took the lead in two categories of Best Desert Sun Community’s Choice Awards, ranked Best Casino in Palm Springs and Best Hotel in Rancho Mirage. Collectively, the three properties offer a 16-story, 340-room hotel with resort-style pools and cabanas, three entertainment venues, Pívat Cigar Lounge, a premier cigar lounge offering live table games and slot machines, 13 diverse dining options, a multi-award-winning, full-service luxury spa and salon, meeting and event venues, and Agua Caliente Fuel, an expansive fuel station with 750 square feet of gaming machines, a drive-through coffee shop Java Caliente, and competitive gas prices. Agua Caliente is also home to two nearby championship golf courses: Indian Canyons North and South. For more information on Agua Caliente Casinos, visit or join the conversation on Instagram @aguacalientecasinos.

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