IRL: California Speedway to host 2004 finale

California Speedway to Host IRL Indycar Series Season Finale in 2005 FONTANA, Calif. (August 3, 2004) --- California Speedway's TOYOTA Indy 400 will be the season finale of the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule. The event will be...

California Speedway to Host IRL Indycar Series Season Finale in 2005

FONTANA, Calif. (August 3, 2004) --- California Speedway's TOYOTA Indy 400 will be the season finale of the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule. The event will be held on October 16.

The Indy Racing League released its 2005 IRL IndyCar Series schedule today in Indianapolis, Ind.

"We look forward to hosting the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season finale in 2005," California Speedway President Bill Miller said. "It's a great opportunity for the league, along with the speedway and our sponsor, Toyota, to build this event from the first race of the season right through the Indianapolis 500 on the road to California for what has certainly been one of the fastest and most competitive events on the schedule."

The 2005 event will mark the fourth year California Speedway has hosted an IRL IndyCar Series event. The inaugural race in 2002 saw what was then the second closest margin of victory when Sam Hornish Jr. beat Jaques Lazier to the checkered flag by 0.0281 of a second. This close finish currently rests as the seventh closest finish in the history of the racing series.

Last year's event saw the unfathomable occur as Hornish sped his way to Gatorade Victory Lane again, but this time at a world record pace. The two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion led the 22 car field to an average speed of 207.151 mph during the 400 mile event that lasted just under two hours. He beat Scott Dixon to the line by 0.3563 of a second.

"We're excited that the league championship could come down to a wheel to wheel shootout right here at the speedway that holds the IRL record for the fastest race ever completed with an average speed in excess of 200 mph over 400 miles," Miller said. "Not only could the race be decided by tenths or hundredths of a second, but a season's worth of competition could be decided on that last lap."

Season tickets deposits are currently being accepted and packages can be purchased beginning August 18. Individual tickets go on sale October 6.

"We have a few more dates to secure to complete our 2005 schedule," Miller said, "but already we have great momentum heading into 2005 with our February NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series date kicking things off with the addition of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Racing Wheels 200 added as a special Friday night race under the lights. When you add today's announcement to the mix, our fans are in store for another big year at California Speedway."

For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE [7223] or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Sam Hornish Jr. , Jaques Lazier