Only three ovals on 2003 CART calendar

America's FedEx Championship Series promoter CART revealed its 2003 fixture list at Mid-Ohio yesterday. The 20-race series may include only one superspeedway, and two short ovals. There will be no race in Japan. Outside North America, the series will visit the UK (Rockingham), Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City), and Australia (Surfers Paradise, near Brisbane). A provisional date has also been set aside for the insolvent EuroSpeedway in Germany

Only three ovals on 2003 CART calendar

Signalling the end of the entente cordiale that has existed between CART and the Indy Racing League over scheduling race dates in May, there are two such dates in the 2003 list. One of them directly clashes with the second qualifying weekend for the Indianapolis 500, the IRL's blue-riband event.

The 2003 series will begin with a new street race in St Petersburg, Florida, which will be the first February event in CART history. The UK fixture at Rockingham has been moved from September to May, the week after the intended EuroSpeedway date.

2003 CART FedEx Series Provisional Calendar

Feb 23 St Petersburg, FL

Mar 23 Monterrey (MEX)

Apr 13 Long Beach, CA

Apr 27 Europe (provisional, TBA)

May 4 Rockingham (UK))

May 18 Chicago (provisional, TBA)

June 1 Milwaukee, WI

June 15 Laguna Seca, CA

June 22 Portland, OR

July 6 Cleveland, OH

July 13 Toronto (CDN)

July 27 Vancouver (CDN)

Aug 10 Mid-Ohio, OH

Aug 17 Road America, WI

Aug 31 Denver, CO

Sep 7 Montreal (CDN)

Sep 28 Miami, FL

Oct 12 Mexico City (MEX)

Oct 26 Surfers Paradise (AUS)

Nov 2 Fontana, CA

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