SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE RETURNS TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WITH ENHANCEMENTS More Laps, Prime-Time Green Flag, New Qualifying Format To Benefit Fans Richmond, VA (January 22, 2008)--Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz...
SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE RETURNS TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WITH ENHANCEMENTS
More Laps, Prime-Time Green Flag, New Qualifying Format To Benefit Fans
Richmond, VA (January 22, 2008)--Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced today three major enhancements in the SunTrust Indy Challenge IndyCar® Series weekend June 27-28 at America's Premier Short Track. The two-day open-wheel spectacle has always been a very fan-friendly event at Richmond International Raceway, and now the weekend will become an even better experience for the fans in 2008.
In response to requests from loyal fans, Richmond International Raceway officials lobbied for additional laps to be added to the 250-lap SunTrust Indy Challenge race. Fritz is happy to announce that this year's event will have an additional 50 laps, for a total of 300 laps in the Saturday night, June 28 shootout "under the lights."
Additionally, this year's race is scheduled to have a green flag start time of 8:00 p.m., which is 30 minutes later than the traditional 7:30 p.m. scheduled green flag. The later start time will allow for fans to experience even more "Racing Perfection" "under the lights" and enjoy the many race day activities prior to the prime-time start.
Third, the IndyCar Series has revamped its qualifying format. Prior to 2008, the starting position of drivers was determined by the best lap time over a two-lap qualifying attempt. This year, the starting field will be set based on cumulative time from a four-lap qualifying attempt, identical to the format used for the Indianapolis 500.
"We are excited to provide these enhancements for our fans who attend the SunTrust Indy Challenge weekend at Richmond International Raceway," said Fritz. "Many fans have suggested adding additional laps and a later green flag start time. We are proud to announce that our fans' valuable feedback has facilitated these two improvements. Additionally, the new qualifying format will provide even more on-track excitement for our fans who come to Richmond International Raceway on Friday, June 27 for IndyCar qualifying and the USAC National Sprint Car Series race. These enhancements will make the open-wheel weekend at America's Premier Short Track even better than in previous years."
The IndyCar Series drivers will again be joined by the USAC National Sprint Car Series and USAC Silver Crown Series. The open-wheel weekend begins on Friday, June 27 with pole qualifying for the SunTrust Indy Challenge and the USAC National Sprint Car Series race. Saturday, June 28 will feature two races: the USAC Silver Crown Series 100 race and the SunTrust Indy Challenge IndyCar Series race "under the lights."
Tickets are on sale now for the June 27-28 open-wheel weekend. Friday's tickets are $15 and include an autograph session with all of the IndyCar Series drivers. Tickets for Saturday are $35 (reserved) and $30 (general admission). Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult on both nights. Tickets are also on sale for the NASCAR doubleheader at Richmond International Raceway May 2-3. Tickets for Friday, May 2, include practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, as well as a seat for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250 race. Advance tickets are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission). Tickets on race day are $50 (reserved) and $40 (general admission). The Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, May 3. Tickets are on sale now and are $80-$105. For tickets and information, please log on to www.rir.com or call the ticket office at 1-866-455-7223.