Both series to race at Iowa Speedway in 2006

USAC TO BE PART OF IOWA SPEEDWAY'S 2006 OPENING WEEKEND INDIANAPOLIS -- Officials from USAC and the new Iowa Speedway have booked two races for the 2006 season, the inaugural season for competition at the 7/8-mile paved oval. USAC will take...

USAC TO BE PART OF IOWA SPEEDWAY'S 2006 OPENING WEEKEND

INDIANAPOLIS -- Officials from USAC and the new Iowa Speedway have booked two races for the 2006 season, the inaugural season for competition at the 7/8-mile paved oval.

USAC will take its Weld Racing Silver Crown and Valvoline National Sprint Car Series to the Newton, Iowa track Sept. 16, the track's opening weekend. A Hooter's Pro Cup Series race is scheduled for the evening of Sept. 15.

The Sprint car race is scheduled for 30 laps and the Silver Crown event, which will employ the new generation car, is set for 100 miles.

"We are excited to have USAC be a part of our inaugural season and our inaugural weekend," said Todd Melfi, Iowa Speedway General Manager. "Since we are situated geographically in the heartland of the Midwest, we feel that USAC is the perfect fit for our facility. The Silver Crown and Sprint cars put on a great show, and we are excited to have them out at the speedway, especially for the inaugural weekend.

Echoed USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling: "When you consider the great racing that takes place at Knoxville and Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, the addition of Iowa Speedway will make Iowa one of America's great auto racing destinations. USAC and our very talented teams are looking forward to fantastic racing in the Hawkeye State and these great fans have much to look forward to starting in 2006 with the opening of Iowa Speedway."

Track officials and staff have been busy constructing the facility since its ground-breaking in mid-June. The track's unique layout and design came in part from NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace, and is the first track to be designed based on driver input and consultation.

Track officials have also expressed the possibility of other USAC events in 2006, but dates and series have yet to be determined.

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