IPS: Series to run two races at IMS on USGP weekend

LIBERTY CHALLENGE EXPANDS TO TWO RACES DURING 2007 USGP AT INDY INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 -- Two Indy Racing League Indy Pro Series races will take place during the 2007 United States Grand Prix as part of the third annual Liberty ...

LIBERTY CHALLENGE EXPANDS TO TWO RACES DURING 2007 USGP AT INDY

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 -- Two Indy Racing League Indy Pro Series races will take place during the 2007 United States Grand Prix as part of the third annual Liberty Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Nov. 13.

The Liberty Challenge will be comprised of races Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 on the 2.605-mile road course at IMS. The Indy Pro Series will race three times at the world's greatest racecourse in 2007, as the Freedom 100 takes place on the 2.5-mile oval Friday, May 25 during the 91st Indianapolis 500.

"We're excited to add another Indy Pro Series race to the United States Grand Prix schedule," IMS President Joie Chitwood said. "Fans frequently tell us they want to see more track activity. By adding this second Indy Pro Series race and the recent announcement of more practice time for the Formula One teams on Friday, we are building an exciting weekend of on-track activity for the fans."

The Liberty Challenge featured single Indy Pro Series races in 2005 and 2006.

2006 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Marco Andretti won the inaugural race in 2005. It was the first victory for the famed Andretti family since Marco's grandfather, 1978 Formula One World Champion Mario Andretti, won the 1969 Indianapolis 500.

Alex Lloyd won in 2006 with a late pass of Graham Rahal, son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal.

The two races in the Liberty Challenge are among a record 16 events on the 2007 Indy Pro Series schedule. The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Teams compete for more than $3 million in prize money.

Other support series races for the United States Grand Prix will be announced later.

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2007 USGP tickets: Reserved Race Day and three-day "Season Passes" for the 2007 United States Grand Prix, June 15-17, are on sale to all customers.

The first 2,500 customers to purchase at least two Race Day reserved tickets or a pair of four-day "Season Pass" tickets from Nov. 1-Dec. 15 will be mailed the Official Formula One Season Review 2006. This is the only opportunity for fans in the United States to get this special full-color book -- a $40 value -- that features a detailed recap of all 18 Grands Prix in this exciting season, including the USGP.

Ticket information can be found any time at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS Ticket Office at (800) 822-4639 or (317) 492-6700. Ticket Office hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

-credit: ims

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Graham Rahal , Mario Andretti , Marco Andretti , Alex Lloyd