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IPS: USA: IMS announces USGP support series, schedule

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE, SUPPORT SERIES UNVEILED Race to start at 1 p.m. local time; Record three support series to race at Indy INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 19, 2005 -- The United States Grand Prix Formula One race will start at 1 p.m.

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE, SUPPORT SERIES UNVEILED
Race to start at 1 p.m. local time; Record three support series to race at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 19, 2005 -- The United States Grand Prix Formula One race will start at 1 p.m. (local time) Sunday, June 19, the highlight of three days of on-track action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that includes an event-record three support series.

The 73-lap United States Grand Prix will complete a full day of Formula One action on Sunday. The second F1 qualifying session takes place from 9-10 a.m. Sunday, as the starting grid is determined by aggregate times from the single-lap qualifying sessions Saturday and Sunday.

On-track action starts Friday, June 17, with activity for Formula One and the event's three support series -- the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series, Porsche Michelin Supercup and Formula BMW USA. This is the first year for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series at the USGP, while the Porsche Michelin Supercup and Formula BMW USA return for the sixth and second consecutive year, respectively.

"This is the most fan-friendly event schedule in the six years that the United States Grand Prix has run at Indianapolis," said Joie Chitwood, president and chief operating officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Not only will fans get a full day of Formula One action on Sunday with qualifying and the race, but there are more support series than ever, featuring some of the world's best sports car drivers and the open-wheel stars of tomorrow. We're really excited about the entire weekend, starting with the Pit Walkabout on Thursday."

Two one-hour Formula One practice sessions, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., are the highlights of the Friday schedule. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series, the final stepping-stone on the Indy Racing League ladder, will make its IMS competitive debut with a practice for its Liberty Challenge race at 9:15 a.m. and qualifying at 12:30 p.m.

Porsche Michelin Supercup sports cars and Formula BMW USA open-wheel, winged formula cars also will be on track Friday.

The first Formula One qualifying session at 1 p.m. Saturday is the highlight of a busy schedule that day. F1 drivers and teams, including current points leaders Fernando Alonso and Renault and defending United States Grand Prix champion Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, will practice on the 2.605-mile road circuit from 9-9:45 a.m. and 10:15-11 a.m. before qualifying.

Racing in all three support series will start Saturday, with the historic inaugural Liberty Challenge for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series starting at 4:45 p.m. Among the drivers expected to compete in that event are Marco Andretti, son of Indianapolis 500 standout Michael Andretti and grandson of 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1978 F1 World Champion Mario Andretti; Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk; and Al Unser, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. and grandson of four-time Indy winner Al Unser.

The first of two Formula BMW USA races is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with the first of two Porsche Michelin Supercup races at 3:30 p.m.

Two support series races will compliment the headlining United States Grand Prix F1 race Sunday. A Porsche Michelin Supercup race starts at 10:30 a.m., right after F1 qualifying, and the event weekend will finish with a Formula BMW USA race at 3:15 p.m.

The popular United States Grand Prix pit walkabout will return for a third consecutive year from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 16, kicking off the USGP weekend.

Tickets for the 2005 United States Grand Prix can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.

<pre> 2005 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (All times local; subject to change)

THURSDAY, June 16 8 a.m.-noon Pit Walkabout

FRIDAY, June 17 9:15-10 a.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series First practice 11 a.m.-noon Formula One First practice 12:30-1:15 p.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series Qualifying 2-3 p.m. Formula One Second practice 3:30-4:15 p.m. Porsche Michelin Supercup Practice 4:45-5:10 p.m. Formula BMW USA Practice 5:40-6:20 p.m. Porsche Michelin Supercup First qualifying

SATURDAY, June 18 9-9:45 a.m. Formula One Third practice 10:15-11 a.m. Formula One Fourth practice 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Porsche Michelin Supercup Second qualifying 1-2 p.m. Formula One Qualifying 2:30-3 p.m. Formula BMW USA First race 3:30-4 p.m. Porsche Michelin Supercup First race (16 laps) 4:45-5:45 p.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series Liberty Challenge race

SUNDAY, June 19 9-10 a.m. Formula One Qualifying 10:30-11 a.m. Porsche Michelin Supercup Second race (16 laps) 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Formula One Grid presentation 1 p.m. Formula One United States Grand Prix (73 laps) 3:15-3:45 p.m. Formula BMW USA Second race

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