IPS: Kentucky, Texas announce Infiniti Pro Series events

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 - Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway each will play host to an Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series event during the inaugural 2002 season, track officials announced Jan. 22. The Infiniti Pro Series will...

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 - Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway each will play host to an Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series event during the inaugural 2002 season, track officials announced Jan. 22.

The Infiniti Pro Series will visit Kentucky Speedway on Aug. 11, 2002, during the Belterra Resort Indy 300 weekend for its first race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, with the season finale scheduled for Sept. 15 on the high banks of the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.

"We enjoy our partnership with Tony (George) and the entire Indy Racing staff," said Mark F. Cassis, Kentucky Speedway executive vice president and general manager. "We're delighted Kentucky Speedway has been selected to be part of the inaugural Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series schedule. This is also a win for our fans, who will now receive two exciting Indy Racing events for one price on 'Open Wheel Sunday.'"

Indy Racing fans in the Lone Star State can look forward to additional intense, wheel-to-wheel competition when both the Indy Racing League and the Infiniti Pro Series crown their respective series champions during the season-ending Chevy 500 weekend.

"Texas Motor Speedway is the second home of the Indy Racing League, and we have grown together over the years," said Eddie Gossage, vice president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway. "We have had the most exciting finishes in Indy Racing history at our track, and we now feel this new development series will produce that same kind of entertainment for our fans."

The Infiniti Pro Series will debut July 7, 2002, at Kansas Speedway, the first of seven anticipated Infiniti Pro Series events in 2002. Races will take place at the same track and on the same weekend as Indy Racing League events, with every Infiniti Pro Series race distance set at 100 miles.

"We're very pleased to be racing at Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in our inaugural season," said Roger Bailey, Infiniti Pro Series executive director. "I'm sure that these tracks will provide very exciting competition for both the drivers and the fans in the tradition of previous IRL events at Texas and Kentucky."

The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series was created on the same founding principles as the Indy Racing League. Infiniti Q45 engines will power new Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines will produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the Indy Racing League.

Additional details of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series will be released when they become available, including the complete schedule, television package and series logo.

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