CART unveils 2003 calendar

Next year's CART series will be one of the longest championships in motor racing, starting for the first time ever in February and ending in November on the superspeedway at Fontana

CART unveils 2003 calendar

The new street circuit at St. Petersburg, Florida will play host to the opening round, which takes place on the weekend of February 23.

The calendar is also more evenly spaced out with no runs of races back-to-back that appeared during this year.

Although two events have yet to be decided,including one in Europe, the other 18 venues reflect the unique diversity of the series. There are two short ovals, one superspeedway, seven street courses and eight road circuits.

The British round at Rockingham has been pushed much further forward in the calendar, taking a May 4 slot. CART is running two races during the month of May as it takes a more aggressive stance against the IRL and Indy 500.


Feb. 23 St. Petersburg, Florida - Street Course
Mar. 23 Monterrey, Mexico - Fundidora Park
Apr. 13 Long Beach, California - Street Course
Apr. 27 Europe - Tentative, TBA
May 4 Corby, England - Rockingham Motor Speedway
May 18 Chicago - Tentative, TBA
June 1 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Milwaukee Mile
June 15 Monterey, California - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
June 22 Portland, Oregon - Portland International Raceway
July 6 Cleveland, Ohio - Burke Lakefront Airport
July 13 Toronto, Ontario - Street Course
July 27 Vancouver, British Columbia - Street Course
Aug. 10 Lexington, Ohio - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Aug. 17 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - Road America
Aug. 31 Denver, Colorado - Street Course
Sept. 7 Montreal, Quebec - Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Sept. 28 Miami, Florida - Street Course
Oct. 12 Mexico City, Mexico - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Oct. 26 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia - Street Course
Nov. 2 Fontana, California - California Speedway

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