Indy releases 2011 schedule

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WEST ALLIS, Wisc. -- The IZOD IndyCar Series unveiled its 2011 schedule on Friday at The Milwaukee Mile, which will return to the circuit after a one-year absence.

While IRL officials announced the return of The Milwaukee Mile and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as well as the addition of the inaugural street race in Baltimore, four tracks -- Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Watkins Glen International -- were dropped from next year's 17-race schedule.

Chicagoland, Homestead, Kansas and Watkins Glen are all owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

IRL officials recently announced that New Hampshire and the Baltimore street circuit will be added to the schedule for next season. New Hampshire hosted an IndyCar event from 1996-98. IndyCar ran at Milwaukee from 2004-09, but the track was dropped from the schedule this year when an event promoter could not be secured. Milwaukee obtained a new promoter for the June 19 race. The first race in Baltimore, which incorporates the city's Inner Harbor, will take place on September 4.

The 2011 schedule features nine road/street courses and eight ovals.

"It was important that the IZOD IndyCar Series continue to strike a balance between ovals and non-ovals to maintain our claim to the most diverse racing schedule in the world," said Randy Bernard, the chief executive officer of the IZOD IndyCar Series. "We want to have the best drivers in the world, and it's important that our schedule truly challenges the best through short ovals, speedways, temporary circuits and road courses."

There are other significant changes to next year's schedule.

The season-opener will be held March 27 on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL. This year, the inaugural race on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil kicked off the season. The May 1 Brazil event will play host to the lead-in race for the May 29 Indianapolis 500.

As previously announced, Texas Motor Speedway will feature dual races on June 11.

Kentucky Speedway shifts from Labor Day weekend to October 2.

The season-ending race, which will take place on an oval, will be revealed at a later date. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is widely rumored to be the site for the season-finale. The series competed at Las Vegas from 1996-2000.

The 2011 IndyCar Series schedule:

Sunday, March 27 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course

Sunday, April 10 Barber Motorsports Park 2.38-mile road course

Sunday, April 17 Streets of Long Beach 1.968-mile street course

Sunday, May 1 Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil 2.536-mile street course

Sunday, May 29 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval

Saturday, June 11 Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval

Sunday, June 19 The Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval

Saturday, June 25 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval

Sunday, July 10 Streets of Toronto 1.755-mile street course

Sunday, July 24 Edmonton City Centre Airport 1.97-mile airport course

Sunday, August 7 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course

Sunday, August 14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1.058-mile oval

Sunday, August 28 Infineon Raceway 2.303-mile road course

Sunday, September 4 Streets of Baltimore 2-mile street course

Sunday, September 18 Twin Ring Motegi (Japan) 1.5-mile oval

Sunday, October 2 Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile oval


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