IRL announces 2004 calendar

The long-awaited IRL IndyCar Series 2004 schedule was disclosed Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, offering few surprises and no road racing

IRL announces 2004 calendar

The annual race at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis was dropped, as expected, replaced by an event at The Milwaukee Mile in late July. The historic oval in Wisconsin thus becomes the second track after California Speedway to host both the IRL and the rival Champ Car World Series.

The 16-race schedule will open and close as it has in recent years - starting at Homestead-Miami Speedway in February and concluding in October at Texas Motor Speedway. The only other significant change involves moving the Pikes Peak event from June to August.

"The IRL IndyCar Series continues to evolve, as it offers one of the most competitive motorsports environments in the world," said Ken Ungar, the IRL's senior vice president of business affairs.

While IRL teams and manufacturers were told earlier this season to prepare the cars for the possibility of road racing in 2004, the schedule does not include any road racing venues.

Only one date on the schedule has yet to be finalized. The second annual IRL race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan is expected to be held sometime in April.


Homestead-Miami Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway
Twin Ring Motegi
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Richmond International Raceway
Kansas Speedway
Nashville Superspeedway
The Milwaukee Mile
Michigan International Speedway
Kentucky Speedway
Pikes Peak International Raceway
Nazareth Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway
California Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway

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