Tuesday Oct 20, 1998 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship Schedule Announced The 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship schedule offers CART's trademark line up of four different types of racing circuits. The new Chicago...
Tuesday Oct 20, 1998 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship Schedule Announced The 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship schedule offers CART's trademark line up of four different types of racing circuits. The new Chicago facility is one of five short oval track events on the 1999 schedule which also includes two superspeedway races, three temporary road course events and a pair of races on permanent road courses.
"Our 1999 schedule offers the necessary mix of ovals and road courses as well as the race market diversification that is important to Indy Lghts title sponsors PPG and Dayton Tire, our associate sponsors and the participating teams and drivers in the series," Bailey said. "We look forward to working with CART and our promoter friends in making the 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship season our best ever."
The one-mile Chicago track is being constructed specifically with CART-style open-wheel auto racing in mind. The track is banked only slightly (six degrees) and will be suitable for side-by-side racing on a racing surface that will be 70 feet wide. The new facility is being constructed on the site of Sportsman's Park, a longtime horse racing facility in Cicero, Illinois. The PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship christens the new oval with the headline FedEx Championship Series on August 22.
The season gets underway for the fifth straight year in Miami on March 21, the fourth time the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex has hosted CART's kick-off event on its high-speed 1.5-mile oval. Round two, and the first road course race of the year, will be held on the streets of Long Beach, California on April 18.
The series heads to Nazareth Speedway on May 2 for the first of three-straight short oval track races. Nazareth will be followed by a Saturday race at Gateway International Raceway on May 29 while the traditional run on the Milwaukee Mile will be held one week later on June 6.
Portland International Raceway, the year's first permanent road course event, will host the mid-season race on June 20 while Cleveland's race at Burke Lakefront Airport on June 27 goes down the following weekend. The series will then run its fourth different type of race track in as many events when the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship takes to Michigan Speedway for the Detroit News 100 on July 24. The State of Michigan will also play host to Round 10 when the annual event on the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit runs on its new date on August 8.
After the Chicago race, the season will end for the third straight year with a pair of California races. Laguna Seca will be held on September 12 while the season finale will be held at California Speedway on October 30. Both the California Speedway event and the July race at Michigan Speedway will be Saturday races.
Televison air times and dates will be announced in the near future.