Friday, August 21, 2009

2010 Indy Lights Schedule Released

The Firestone Indy Light Series recently released their 2010 schedule. The 2010 schedule includes five ovals, four temporary street circuits and four permanent road courses. New to the schedule is the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. All races will be held as a support race to the IndyCar Series.

"Our goal is to prepare Firestone Indy Lights drivers to become successful IndyCar Series drivers, and to reach that goal they must gain experience and succeed on all types of racing circuits," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Firestone Indy Lights. "The schedule offers that challenge to our drivers each year."

The first oval of the season will be the series' premier event - the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28 two days before the Indianapolis 500. The Freedom 100 has run in conjunction with the annual Miller Light Carb Day.

"The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights schedule has great balance," said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing. "It provides the perfect blend of ovals, street circuits and road courses necessary to prepare these talented and developing drivers for the rigors of the IndyCar Series. If they can master the diversity of tracks on the Firestone Indy Lights schedule, it will have them well prepared to take that next step. Competing on this array of venues also allows Firestone Racing to more finely develop and advance the technology of the Firehawk race tires. We're looking forward to another great season of exciting Firestone Indy Lights racing in 2010."The Firestone Indy Lights is the ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Former drivers of the Lights Series include Marco Andretti, Richard Antinucci, Ed Carpenter, Raphael Matos and Hideki Mutoh.

The complete 2010 Firestone Indy Lights schedule:

Date, Track

March 27 or 28, Streets of St. Petersburg
April 10 or 11, Barber Motorsports Park
April 17 or 18, Streets of Long Beach
May 28, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 19 or 20, Iowa Speedway
July 3 or 4, Watkins Glen International
July 17 or 18, Streets of Toronto
July 24 or 25, Edmonton City Centre Airport
Aug. 7 or 8, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Aug. 21 or 22, Infineon Raceway
Aug. 27 or 28, Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 4 or 5, Kentucky Speedway
Oct. 1 or 2, Homestead-Miami Speedway

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