07.05.11 (via IndyCar.com) – The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to Auto Club Speedway for a night race in 2012, INDYCAR and speedway officials announced today.
“We feel the time is right to bring IndyCar racing back to Auto Club Speedway,” said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer, INDYCAR. “We want to maintain the diverse line-up of ovals on our schedule and the addition of Auto Club Speedway adds a great venue that was built for the high-speed, wheel-to-wheel excitement of IndyCar racing under the lights.”
The 2-mile oval played host to CART from 1997-2002 and the IZOD IndyCar Series from 2002 to 2005.
The facility has been the site of two major Indy car records. Gil de Ferran set the track record for the fastest lap at 241.426 mph during qualifying in 2000. It stands as the world speed record for the fastest lap on a closed course. In 2003, Sam Hornish Jr. averaged 207.151 mph in winning the race, setting the record for the fastest race on a closed course.
“This facility was built to host open-wheel racing and Auto Club Speedway has arguably hosted some of the most exciting races in Indy car history,” said Gillian Zucker, president, Auto Club Speedway. “We look forward to building on the area’s history and tradition of open-wheel racing with new records and new races beginning in 2012.”
Tickets for the event go on sale to the public on Sept. 12. The IZOD IndyCar Series will announce its full 2012 schedule at a later date.
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