Iowa's famous "Field of Dreams" in Dubuque County will have competition as the top tourist attraction come next season, with Iowa Speedway fully operating in high gear. Today track officials and Grand-American Rolex Series officials announced an...
Iowa's famous "Field of Dreams" in Dubuque County will have competition as the top tourist attraction come next season, with Iowa Speedway fully operating in high gear. Today track officials and Grand-American Rolex Series officials announced an event on the speedway's 1.3 mile infield road course on July 13-14, 2007. The new track will be the shortest that the Rolex cars will run on, displacing 1.5 milers Phoenix and Lime Rock.
The Rolex Series race will be held Saturday night, with both the Daytona Prototypes and GT cars in action. Even though this year's event at Phoenix was run without an insane number of cautions, traffic will still be a huge factor with both classes running on such a short track. The Grand-Am Cup series will also be in action with a pair of races in the Grand Sport and Street Tuning classes, as well as a new motorcycle class. MOTO-ST, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association and organized by Grand- Am will run a three-hour race on the Friday evening.
"We are overjoyed to have an outstanding new race track in Iowa Speedway," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "We jumped at the chance to bring all three series to Iowa, and we are confident that we will deliver an exciting weekend of racing to the tremendous Midwestern race fans. Iowa Speedway is truly a first-rate facility and we look forward to an entertaining race weekend in 2007 and for years to come."
Edmondson is joined in his support of the speedway by former Nextel Cup champion and current ABC/ESPN broadcaster Rusty Wallace. "This partnership demonstrates that Iowa Speedway is a world-class race track," Wallace commented.
Iowa Speedway is currently in flux as it prepares for its inaugural event. IRL driver Scott Dixon and IPS driver Wade Cunningham will visit the Newton facility for a compatibility test. The IndyCars plan to run on the 7/8 mile oval next year pending the results of the test. Meanwhile on the weekend of September 15-17, three USAC divisions and Hooters Pro Cup will christen the track for its first race.
Kevin Costner was asked in Field of Dreams, "Is this heaven?" to which he responded, "No, it's Iowa." But for race fans, the new track in the midwestern state promises to provide a slice of heaven in '07.