2010 IRL schedule takes shape

July 29, 2009
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IRLThe Indy Racing League is expected to unveil its 2010 schedule as early as this weekend, but a few interesting tidbits have already leaked out.

It looks like an 18- to 20-race slate next year with the definite additions of races in Brazil and at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala. The race in Richmond could be off the schedule unless a sponsor for the event can be found. It looks like there will be 10 oval races.

Though the IRL has made few official statements about its schedule, it appears the season will open the second week of March in Brazil. That race could be followed by a late March race in St. Petersburg. The Alabama race will be April 9-11, with Long Beach the following weekend.

There may be an oval race in late April—right before Indy opens up. That race could be in Kansas, but track officials there are still pursuing a second NASCAR Nextel Cup race. If that happens, the IRL can say so long to the land of Oz.

The month of May in Indianapolis will open May 9, with pole day on May 15 and the race May 30. The IRL likes to host a race the week after Indy, but it’s still not clear if that will happen. The series could roll into Milwaukee or Iowa that weekend.

The series will swing through Canada in July for consecutive weekend dates in Toronto and Edmonton. A race in New Hampshire could be added at the end of July, though that deal is not yet finalized.

Late summer/early fall dates in Mid-Ohio, Infineon, Chicagoland, Kentucky and Motegi (Japan) look likely. Watkins Glen could be run in late September with Miami possibly slated for early October.

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  • Anthony,

    Barber Motorsports Park is located on the east side of Birmingham, not near Mobile.
  • richmond is gone..the track and ISC didn't even want to talk about it
  • Scott, you are right on. That was my mistake. I'll get that changed on the post right away.
  • There MAY be an oval race in late April that COULD BE in Kansas? The Kansas Speedway website has been selling tickets to their April 25, 2010 IRL race for the past three weeks. The link is right on their front page.
  • 2010. The IRL's penultimate season!
  • Still not the big shakeup in the IRL schedule that they spouted off about for 2010 when they came out with 2009's sched. Was really hoping to see Road America on there and maybe put Michigan back into the mix in place of some of the snoozefests on the schedule right now. Oh well. I thought they were trying to shove a race in China into the 2010 sched. on one side or the other of Motegi. Did that concept get shoved to 2011 or did it just die?
  • :lol: The whole damn thing is going down the toilet. Thankfully.

    A crapwagon @ Road America would be downright criminal.

    the IRL: So bad, its criminal.
  • The only way they could have made next year successful in any way would be to take all the road/street courses and all the ovals off the schedule.

    Belskust should be fired if he doesn't grasp this harsh reality.

    Oh well, watching this collection of losers, bums and idiots fail spectacularly for another miserable year will be the only entertainment the 'league' provides. Grateness.

    Hey Anthony, this column is getting popular - an Edmonton journalist quoted one of BiF's posts in an article! :lol: That's so awesome.
  • At least Da Poopey and I agree on one thing: The whole damn thing is going down the toilet. And it is fun to watch!
  • I thought the Countless was going to shut his pie hole.
  • Count Tracula, are you still here? Why?
  • He is just doing us all a favor by passing on rock solid insider info on the goings on in the league. I know because I'm in the league, it's a fact, write it down, take note, you heard it here first. I'm in the know and you are not, deal with it. No Open Wheel cars anywhere in the world starting in 2033. It's already in the works. After that I'm a nobody race car driver with no paycheck.

    But until then, let me get back to my many women. You all want this life, but you can't have it, nor can you handle it. I'm too great.

    Baseball god JoBu, OUT (but not really, I'll keep coming back to re-establish my importance in Open Wheel circles).
  • Hilarious, JoBu, and, by the way, we're not worthy'!

    Countless has been returned to his rightful place at the bottom of the sludge heap. He's actually one of the Bag Brothers (Barf, Sleaze or Douche). Who cares which one.

    Oh, yeah, one more thing, here goes Stanley casting aspersions toward EVERYONE even loosely connected to the IRL as loosers, bums, and idiots. My, my, my, Stanley, we should bow down to your humility and grateness? While we can all agree that your buddy, TG, screwed the pooch in many endeavors leaving a mess and many, many things to fix, there's hardly cause to lump EVERYONE in the categories you refer to. And, by the way, who appointed you as the annointed critic of ALL related to current Open Wheel Racing, Mr. KING OF DEFAMATION?
  • Anthony,

    VERSUS rating from the weekend?
  • ANy schedule that gots INDy on it is a winner. AN thats waht were gone to get An other winning schedule from the IRl

    THANks TOney, they coudnt done this without you.
  • Has IMS/IRL ever explored running a second race at IMS on the road course?

    NASCAR has successfully run two races at most of its top venues, and that seems to work. I know IMS would never want or allow a second indycar oval race at the brickyard, but why not utilize the road course. I have to imagine IMS could draw 100,000+ spectators and the IRL would get its second biggest rating of the year.
  • Nice try, Levi. The reality is that those fat Dallara/Hondas would be painfully slow to watch on that road course after seeing F1 and the bike race. They need a lot more hp to run that course for any one to want to watch.
  • I will post the TV ratings for last Sunday's race tomorrow. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.
  • It finally hit me. The Count has got to be Gene Simmons!
  • COUNT - I AM INDY!!!!!
  • Or, Eddie 'Under'-a-Cheever.
  • Indyscars a Saturday support race for Nascar trucks at Kansas

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