INDY RACING LEAGUE "TEST IN THE BLUEGRASS" ADDED TO 2003 SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE IRL IndyCar Series Test Day Open To Public
Kentucky Speedway fans will be able to see the top contenders for the 2003 "Belterra Casino Indy 300" title on Friday, June 20, at Kentucky Speedway during the first Indy Racing League IndyCar Series "Test In The Bluegrass" from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All 2003 series teams and drivers are invited to participate in the one-day test. Top circuit drivers include two-time series champion Sam Hornish, Jr., two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran, Andretti-Green Racing stars Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti, Team Rahal driver and 1998 series champion Kenny Brack, 2002 Kentucky Speedway "Belterra Casino Indy 300" winner Felipe Giaffone, two-time Kentucky race champion Buddy Lazier, 2002 Kentucky Speedway pole winner Sarah Fisher, 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series champion A.J. Foyt, IV, and fan favorites Eddie Cheever, Al Unser, Jr., Scott Sharp, Robbie Buhl and Greg Ray.
"The Indy Racing League is very excited to be returning to Kentucky Speedway," Indy Racing League Senior Vice President, Racing Operations Brian Barnhart said. "It is an outstanding facility, and, in our brief but exciting history at Kentucky Speedway, we have seen great racing. The open test will give us a good indication of the type of action we will see when the IndyCar Series returns to Kentucky in August for 'The Belterra Casino Indy 300.'" Fans attending will see two test sessions, visit with series drivers during two autograph sessions and tour the new "IRL Fan Experience" interactive displays in the speedway's garage area. Tickets are priced at $10.00 and include access to the garage area. Tickets will be available at the main Kentucky Speedway entrance beginning at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) on June 20. Kentucky Speedway Season Ticket and Personal Seat License (PSL) holders will receive one complimentary ticket for each seat owned or purchased. Speedway Suite holders will receive 20 complimentary tickets to the General Admission seating event.
"We are excited this worked out and Kentucky Speedway was one of the venues chosen to host an IRL IndyCar Series open test this season," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "It will be a fun and exhilarating day for our fans. In addition to seeing the top Indy cars in the world travel at 220 mph, fans will be able to meet drivers, tour the garage, and play interactive games. Bring the kids, as it will be fun for the whole family and a unique, up-close racing experience."
In addition to a new name and logo for 2003, the IRL IndyCar Series has welcomed prominent new teams, drivers, engine providers and chassis. Honda and Toyota joined Chevrolet to provide racing power for the world-class race machines. Long-time IRL IndyCar Series manufacturers Dallara and Panoz G Force are providing new chassis along with a new manufacturer, Falcon.
Kentucky Speedway opens its 2003 season with the return of the ARCA RE/MAX Series for "The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Night," featuring ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying and an autograph session with NASCAR Winston Cup Series stars, on Friday, May 9, and "The Channel 5-205" on Saturday, May 10.
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