CHAMPCAR/CART: New Hampshire joins IRL

NHIS ALIGNS WITH INDY RACING LEAGUE; AUG. 18, 1996 DATE TO AIR ON ABC LOUDON, N.H., May 30, 1995 -- The 1996 New England 200 Indy car race at New Hampshire International Speedway will be a part of the new...

NHIS ALIGNS WITH INDY RACING LEAGUE; AUG. 18, 1996 DATE TO AIR ON ABC

LOUDON, N.H., May 30, 1995 -- The 1996 New England 200 Indy car race at New Hampshire International Speedway will be a part of the new Indy Racing League, founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George. The announcement was made today by Bob Bahre, chairman of NHIS.

Next year's New England 200 will run Sunday, Aug. 18, its current corresponding date since first hosting Indy car races in 1992. The New Hampshire race, like all IRL events, will be telecast by ABC Sports.

Gary Bahre, president of NHIS, said, "The rich tradition of Indy car racing is a direct result of the Hulman-George family's long-term commitment to auto racing. We feel the association with the world's biggest sports event, the Indianapolis 500, can only be to the benefit of New England's auto racing fans."

The announcement ended wide speculation NHIS would join the Indy Racing League, formed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the stated intent of placing greater emphasis on oval track racing.

This year's PPG Indy Car World Series event Aug. 20, at NHIS, the New England 200, will Quebec's exciting 1995 Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve, will be run as planned.

In Indianapolis, George welcomed the addition of NHIS to the inaugural series, which already includes four other 1996 oval races: the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World, Jan. 27; the Phoenix 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, March 24; the Indianapolis 500, May 26; and the Las Vegas 200 in Las Vegas, Nev., Sept. 15.

"We welcome New Hampshire International Speedway to the IRL family," George commented. "We look forward to their participation in this exciting new venture."

New Hampshire International Speedway, built and owned by the Bahre family, is New England's largest sports facility with 72,000 seats. The one-mile facility is the only superspeedway in the six-state region.

"The Magic Mile," as NHIS is known, hosts major league NASCAR Winston Cup stock car and AMA National Championship Motorcycle SuperBike racing in addition to its annual Indy car date.

The Speedway also hosts a variety of NASCAR professional races, the Evan G. DeMoulas Memorial Vintage Celebration and amateur SCCA sports car, WKA go-kart and AMA/CCS Loudon Road Racing motorcycle events.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Tony George