Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

IRL continues to add street courses

The Indy Racing League began in 1996 as an oval-based open wheel circuit to support the Indianapolis 500. The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marked the first non-oval event in series history in 2005, and times will continue to change in 2009.

The newly released IRL schedule features eight non-ovals, including the season-opening Grand Prix on April 5, out of 18 events with another street course addition possible at Surfer's Paradise, Australia. The IRL will hold seven non-oval points races this season.

The collapse of the rival Champ Car series freed several street/road course markets, and the IRL continues to absorb them as it has several teams. Among the former Champ Car venues added to the schedule are historic Long Beach and Toronto, which is presented by Grand Prix of St. Petersburg promoter Andretti Green Promotions. Edmonton joined the schedule this season.

Homestead-Miami Speedway, which had hosted the season opener since 2002 but failed to generate a following, will be the site of the season's final race on Oct. 11. Australia could be added to the schedule in the three off weeks between the Sept. 19 Motegi, Japan date and Homestead.

DEAL FOR NEWMAN: Ryan Newman has reached a verbal agreement to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing next season, ESPN.com reported.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

>>fast facts

IRL 2009 schedule

Date Location Venue

April 5 St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course

April 19 Long Beach, Calif. 1.968-mile street course

April 26 Kansas City, Kan. 1.5-mile oval

May 24 Indianapolis 2.5-mile oval

May 31 Milwaukee 1-mile oval

June 6 Fort Worth, Texas 1.5-mile oval

June 21 Newton, Iowa .875-mile oval

June 27 Richmond, Va. .75-mile oval

July 5 Watkins Glen, N.Y. 3.4-mile road course

July 12 Toronto 1.721-mile street course

July 26 Edmonton, Alberta 1.973-mile airport course

Aug. 1 Sparta, Ky. 1.5-mile oval

Aug. 9 Lexington, Ohio 2.258-mile road course

Aug. 23 Sonoma, Calif. 2.245-mile road course

Aug. 29 Joliet, Ill. 1.5-mile oval

Sept. 6 Detroit 2.906-mile street course

Sept. 19 Motegi, Japan 1.5-mile oval

Oct. 11 Homestead 1.5-mile oval

IRL continues to add street courses 07/30/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    Sports

    Today: vs. Orioles

    12:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  2. Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead U.S. soccer

    Soccer

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

    Among some other unmentionables.

    Bruce Arena
  3. Red state: Yes, Bill O'Reilly is a Bucs fan

    Blogs

    TAMPA -- The question was simple enough for Bucs fans: Why is former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly wearing a red Bucs polo?

    O'Reilly was wearing the polo during a few video clips from his "No Spin News" podcast posted on his website Monday, which was exciting news for some Bucs fans and not-so-exciting …

    Former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly was sporting a red Bucs polo during his "No Spin News" video podcast Monday. An assistant said the shirt was given to him by former Bucs tight end Dave Moore.
  4. For starters: Slumping LoMo, Dickerson not in Rays lineup tonight vs LHP

    Blogs

    1B Logan Morrison and LF Corey Dickerson, two of the main slumpers in the Rays lineup, are not in tonight's lineup with the Orioles throwing LHP Wade Miley.

    Logan Morrison is 0-for-12 on this homestand.
  5. Ex-Buc Booger McFarland becomes ABC college football analyst

    Blogs

    Former Bucs defensive lineman Booger McFarland is continuing his broadcasting rise by joining ABC's studio coverage for the upcoming college football season, ESPN announced Tuesday.

    Former Bucs lineman Booger McFarland (No. 92) will become an ABC studio analyst this college football season.