Kentucky Speedway's fourth race weekend of 2003 will move to Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, and better showcase Indy Racing League (IRL) action to the speedway's primary markets of Greater Cincinnati, Lexington and Louisville, Ky.

For the past two seasons, Kentucky Speedway hosted the Indy Racing League "Belterra Casino Indy 300" and companion events during the second weekend of August. The one-week move will allow both Kentucky Speedway and the Indy Racing League to simultaneously attract new fans and cater to the avid open-wheel fan base in the growing tri-state motorsports market.

"I'm delighted that the IRL and ABC Television worked with us to create our new August dates for next season," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "We wanted to remain on national television, while moving our current date to help solidify and grow the strong motorsports fan base in our primary markets. Fans will no longer have one weekend to choose between our events, the week-long Tennis Masters Series event in Cincinnati, and the CART Fed Ex Championship race at Mid-Ohio. While those events did not affect our attendance, we felt the move was the right thing to do in terms of maximizing media coverage and developing fans." The full 2003 IRL schedule follows.

The IRL returns to Kentucky Speedway this season for the facility's fourth and final race weekend on Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11. Saturday's action features Indy Racing League MBNA Pole Qualifying and the NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series "84 WHAS 150" race on 84 WHAS 150 & Pole Day.

Sunday's docket will feature the Indy Racing League "Belterra Casino Indy 300" at 1:30 p.m. and the Kentucky Speedway debut of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series at 11:00 a.m. The first 15,000 fans to enter will receive a Sam Hornish, Jr., Al Unser, Jr., or Buddy Lazier bobblehead. Fans also can register to win the Official Kentucky Speedway Belterra Casino Indy 300 Pace Car, a 2002 Ford Mustang GT, courtesy of event title sponsor Belterra Casino Resort. Speedway gates will open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Fans can purchase tickets for all Kentucky Speedway race events in five easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At Tickets.com and all Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
  • In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.
2003 INDY RACING LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Date Track Television
March 2 Homestead-Miami Speedway ABC
March 23 Phoenix International Raceway ABC
April 13 Twin Ring Motegi (Japan) ABC
May 25 Indianapolis Motor Speedway ABC
June 7* Texas Motor Speedway ESPN
June 15 Pikes Peak International Raceway ABC
June 28* Richmond International Raceway ESPN
July 6 Kansas Speedway ABC
July 19* Nashville Superspeedway ESPN
July 27 Michigan International Speedway ABC
Aug. 10 Gateway International Raceway ABC
Aug. 17 Kentucky Speedway ABC
Aug. 24 Nazareth Speedway ESPN
Sept. 7 Chicagoland Speedway ABC
Sept. 21 California Speedway ABC
Oct. 12 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN
 
* -- night race