With speeds of 200 miles per hour and close, wheel-to wheel racing, the IZOD IndyCar Series is returning to New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today. The race will be held on July 30 - 31, 2011.
"This is three year deal in the making," said Jerry Gappens executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "As an Indiana native and a fan of open-wheeled racing, I strongly believe that the people of New Hampshire will embrace this 'new breed of speed' much like they do NASCAR."
Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti brought the fastest racing Loudon has ever seen to the speedway with full speed three lap run during pre-race ceremonies and was clocked at 143 mph.
"We're pleased to restore an IndyCar short oval to the schedule to further increase our diversity of venues. As evident last weekend in Iowa, our cars produce tremendous racing on short ovals. Additionally, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is strategically located in the Northeast, which fills a geographical gap in our schedule. I have to thank Bruton Smith and Jerry Gappens for giving us a great opportunity here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer of the Indy Racing League.
One of the IZOD IndyCar Series most popular driver, Danica Patrick, was at NHMS this weekend behind the wheel of a stock car. She showed her enthusiasm at the series adding another oval to the Indy schedule.
"That's awesome, it's great news; I think it is very positive addition to our schedule, especially because it is in the northeast," she said.
Speedway Motorsports Incorporated founder and chief executive officer O. Bruton Smith was joined by New Hampshire's Governor John Lynch, Jerry Gappens executive vice president and general manager of NHMS, and Randy Bernard, chief executive officer of the Indy Racing League to make the official announcement.
Tickets for the IZOD IndyCar Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway go on sale Monday June 28, 2010. Prices range from $35-$75.