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IndyCar Series to debut in Long Beach and Toronto in 2009

8/1/2008


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.