USTCC: 2002 Schedule announced

United States Touring Car Championship announce the 2002 Schedule. Three brand new venues added to the USTCC schedule for 2002. Richmond, CA-The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) have released their 2002 season schedule. The...

United States Touring Car Championship announce the 2002 Schedule.
Three brand new venues added to the USTCC schedule for 2002.

Richmond, CA-The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) have released their 2002 season schedule. The schedule features three common venues to the 2001 schedule, including racing at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, CA twice, with three brand new venues added to the schedule.

The venues returning to the 2002 schedule are Sears Point Raceway, California Speedway, and Historic Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. Brand new venues and events include Portland International Raceway, Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia, and the ALMS course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The kick off of the 2002 campaign will be at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, CA on March 16-17. The series will also travel to Sears Point on October 12-13. Sears Point is going to offer a couple of different configurations this year. Due to the $50 Million dollar redesign on Sears Point, the track has been currently changed. The USTCC raced under the current configuration in November of 2001. When the series returns in October 2002, the track will be completed with the new layout offering entirely new setups and race strategies.

From there, the series travels to Portland International Raceway in Portland, OR on April 27-28. Although Portland was on the race schedule in 2001, it was cancelled due the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11th. Big story for this race weekend is that the USTCC cars will NOT be running the festival turns (chicane at the end of the main straight) that makes the track length 1.915 miles with only 9 turns. So it will be real interesting going into turn one with the ever-exciting standing starts.

The teams then travel to Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV in June. Summit Point replaces Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI on the schedule. Summit point combines slow and fast bends, with a 3,000 ft straightaway similar to that of Road America's front straight.

Returning on July 27-28 this season will be the venue at California Speedway, in Fontana, CA. The USTCC raced there last year as a make up event for the cancelled Portland event. The track is the 2.88-mile configuration and uses most of the 2 mile oval as well as an infield road course. USTCC was the first pro group to race at the new Fontana road course.

The USTCC teams will get the chance to spend the rest of their race budget when the series travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on August 10-12. Last year Las Vegas opened the 2001 series on a 1.5-mile road course outside of the speedway. This time the teams will get to battle the infield road course and high banks inside on the speedway's "Roval."

The series returns for Round 6 at Sears Point Raceway on October 12-13. This will be the race the teams are going to have to throw everything out they know about Sears Point and start fresh.

Once again the series comes to a close at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA in December. The 2001 race offered the closest competition of the year both on and off the track. Both the Manufacturer and Drivers Championship came down to this race. Look for the same results in 2002.

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