IndyCar Races Across the Globe this Weekend
IndyCar Series will race in both Montegi, Japan, and Long Beach this weekend.
Nearly 20 different drivers will race in each event, on opposite sides of the world from each other. The former drivers of the Champ Car World Series race in the IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix on April 20, in Long Beach. Meanwhile, the regular IndyCar Series drivers will race in the Indy Japan 300 in Montegi, Japan. This split in the schedule was made in order to complete the IndyCar Series and Champ Car World Series merger into one unified North American open-wheel series.
IndyCar driver and recent race champion, Graham Rahal, will race with his fellow former Champ drivers. They join other champ veterans like four-time Long Beach victor, Paul Tracy, and Jimmy Vasser, a 1996 Long Beach winner. This will be considered the last time these former Champ drivers will be together, without the entire IndyCar field, at the prestigious Long Beach road course.
In 2009, the Grand Prix at Long Beach will part of the IndyCar Series schedule.The points and prize money will only be awarded to the drivers who participate in the IndyCar Series. All drivers at Japan will receive points.
The IndyCar Series reunites at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 on Sunday, April 27. Firestone Indy Lights joins IndyCar for the first time since 2004.
Tickets are available for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on April 26, IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 on April 27, NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 on Sept. 27 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400 on Sept. 28. Buy your tickets today by calling 866.460.RACE or visit online at www.kansasspeedway.com.