Race of Champions returning to Indy on Aug. 2nd

True Value IROC Racing - Aug. 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 -- The excitement of the True Value International Race of Champions series will return for the sixth consecutive year to the Indianapolis Motor...

True Value IROC Racing - Aug. 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 -- The excitement of the True Value International Race of Champions series will return for the sixth consecutive year to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 2, 2003, the day before the 10th Brickyard 400.

The True Value IROC series is racing's "all-star game." Twelve of the best drivers from various series compete in equally prepared True Value IROC stock cars in a four-race series that concludes at the Speedway.

"We are excited to welcome back the True Value IROC Series to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," IMS President and CEO Tony George said. "The IROC race has become an integral part of one of the biggest motorsports weekends in the world."

Drivers from the Indy Racing League and the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series are expected to participate, as well as World of Outlaws standouts Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser, who have been announced as drivers in 2003. Kinser, a native of Bloomington, Ind., competed in the 1997 Indianapolis 500.

"I'm looking forward to running IROC next year and to get a chance to run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again," Kinser said. "I've never been around there in a stock car before, so that will be different. But, any time I can drive around there in any kind of car, it's special.

"It's not too far from home, and that will be nice, also."

The True Value IROC race will consist of 40 laps around the 2.5-mile oval. Past winners of IROC at Indy include Mark Martin (1998, 1999, 2000), Bobby Labonte (2001) and Dale Jarrett (2002).

The 27th season of True Value IROC competition begins Feb. 14, 2003 at Daytona International Speedway. Other races will take place April 5 at Talladega Superspeedway and July 12 at Chicagoland Speedway.

For Brickyard 400 weekend ticket information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.

All tickets for Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2 are general admission. Tickets for Friday are $10 per person and $25 for Saturday. Fans also can purchase a $35 two-day combo ticket for Friday and Saturday that will allow fans to leave the Speedway grounds and return at will. The single-day tickets do not allow this privilege.

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Series IROC
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Tony George , Mark Martin