Kansas Speedway Announces 2009 Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 Date

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Kansas Speedway announced the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 as the first oval race on the new IndyCar Series schedule. The race is on April 26, 2009, and is the third race of the season.

“We are thrilled to be the first oval track on such a diverse, new schedule for IndyCar,” track president Jeff Boerger said. “We look forward to hosting the race with Time Warner Cable again and bringing IndyCar Series drivers like Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon and Helio Castroneves to fans in the area.”

Kansas Speedway’s Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 remains the premiere event before the Indianapolis 500. The new IndyCar Series’ schedule features 18 races, including two new destinations at Long Beach, Cal., and Toronto, Canada. Instead of traveling from the Indy Japan 300 to Kansas City for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300, IndyCar Series drivers will travel from the Long Beach street course race on April 19.

In the IndyCar Series’ continuing effort to offer one of the most diverse schedules, the 2009 season features 10 oval races, three permanent road courses and five temporary street circuits and includes all but one venue that hosted the IndyCar Series in 2008. Officials expanded the IndyCar season by a month, allowing more in-season off-weekends for drivers and teams.

“Looking ahead to 2009, and with one season of unification under our belts, we know that the IndyCar Series continues to offer the most diverse schedule in all of motorsports,” said Brian Barnhart, president of the competition and operations division for the Indy Racing League. As our schedule has evolved in the past few years, the race for the IndyCar Series championship has become one that demands the ability of both drivers and teams to master a variety of venues and the challenges each one brings with the end result being a true champion. We are also pleased to respond to our teams and offer a couple of more off-weekends during the core of the season.”

The IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 joins the NASCAR Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on April 25 – 26, 2009. Tickets are available NOW with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400 and NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300, held September 27 – 28, 2008. Call 866.460.RACE to purchase your 2008 – 09 Ticket Package today.

 

 

INDYCAR SERIES TO COMPETE IN AUSTRALIA

 The IndyCar Series will travel to Surfers Paradise, Australia for the Gold Coast Indy 300 on Oct. 26, the first IndyCar Series event in the country.

"We are pleased to announce that the IndyCar Series will hold its first event in Australia this October to celebrate the completion of a successful first season of unified open-wheel racing," said Terry Angstadt, president, commercial division for the Indy Racing League. "Dating back to 1991, the Gold Coast Indy 300 has been labeled the race with the hottest cars, the hottest parties and the hottest beaches, with one of the world's most famous beach-side cities, Surfers Paradise, hosting 96 hours of non-stop excitement on and off the

racetrack.

"This is a great opportunity to expose a country with a rich open-wheel racing heritage to the faces of the IndyCar Series. And with drivers such as Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon hailing from the South Pacific, it makes for an even better homecoming after the end of the season."

The 2.75-mile, 14-turn street circuit in Queensland has hosted Champ Car and CART events since 1991. Following the event at Surfers Paradise, the IndyCar Series will continue its post-season celebration with a championship banquet in Las Vegas.

Said Greg Hooten, general manager of the Gold Coast Indy 300: “The excitement of bringing the first IndyCar Series race to the Gold Coast has been building over the past months. As part of the planning for this year's Gold Coast Indy 300, which is well underway, we will see track construction begin in two weeks. While we look forward to welcoming all of the faces of the IndyCar Series to town, of particular interest for our fans will be the Australian contingent of drivers racing on their home turf."

The 2008 Gold Coast Indy 300 will run from Oct. 23-26.

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