Indy prepares for 2004 US GP in June

The first fixture to be revealed in the 2004 F1 world championship is the United States GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 20. Formula One Management agreed to an early announcement of the proposed change from September in view of its impact on the city and on IMS, which must now be transformed from an oval to a road course and back again in the space of three months to accommodate the Indy 500, the GP and the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race

Indy prepares for 2004 US GP in June

IMS president Tony George commented: "The United States GP is an international sporting event that not only has a prominent place on the world motorsport calendar, but is major event here in the state of Indiana. This change could impact several events regionally, so we wanted to make it official immediately."

"Next summer will be extremely exciting as Indianapolis becomes a worldwide centre of attention three times in three months," Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson said. "The new timing will bring a fresh new look to Indianapolis."

IMS and FOM believe that the shift to the June date, which is expected to create a North American double-header with the Canadian GP in Montreal, will increase the visibility of F1 in the USA because it will not compete for media coverage with the National Football League or college football.

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