IndyCar Series to debut in Long Beach and Toronto in 2009

Updated: August 1, 2008, 4:54 PM ET
Associated Press

2009 IndyCar Series Schedule

The IndyCar Series will make 18 stops in 2009, adding a race in Toronto and dropping one in Nashville. Next season's schedule will feature four Saturday prime-time events and affords more in-season off weekends for drivers and teams.

Date Location Venue type
April 5 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street
April 19 Streets of Long Beach 1.968-mile street
April 26 Kansas Speedway 1.5-mile oval
May 24 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
May 31 The Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval
June 6* Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval
June 21 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval
June 27* Richmond International Raceway .75-mile oval
July 5 Watkins Glen International 3.4-mile road
July 12 Streets of Toronto 1.721-mile street
July 26 Edmonton City Centre Airport 1.973-mile airport
Aug. 1* Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile oval
Aug. 9 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road
Aug. 23 Infineon Raceway 2.245-mile road
Aug. 29* Chicagoland Speedway 1.5-mile oval
Sept. 6 The Raceway at Belle Isle Park 2.906-mile street
Sept. 19 Twin Ring Motegi 1.5-mile oval
Oct. 11 Homestead-Miami Speedway 1.5-mile oval
* -- Night race
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series will debut in Long Beach and Toronto next season.

The Grand Prix of Long Beach will be run on April 19. The 35-year-old California event has hosted F1, CART and Champ Car races. This season, Champ Car ran its final event there after its merger with the IRL, but awarded the drivers IRL points. Next year, it becomes a full-fledged IndyCar event.

The IRL will hold the Streets of Toronto race on July 12. It will make up for the loss of the Nashville event, which was dropped after efforts to negotiate an agreement for a 2009 race there failed.

The 93rd Indianapolis 500 will be May 24.

The opener will be a road race in St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 5. The finale will be Oct. 11 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where this season began.

The 2009 schedule features 10 oval races, three permanent road courses and five temporary circuits.

The Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan is shifting to Sept. 19 after running in April since 2003. This season, Danica Patrick won her only race there.

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