Once again, fans at Richmond International Raceway will be treated to a weekend of open-wheel action, featuring speeds of more than 170 mph around the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval. The IndyCar® Series will return to Richmond International Raceway for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday, June 30, for the SunTrust Indy Challenge¿race number nine of the 17-race 2007 schedule.
The SunTrust Indy Challenge will again fall on its traditional date of the last Saturday in June and will feature defending champion Sam Hornish Jr., Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, Buddy Rice, Vitor Meira and many other stars of the IndyCar Series "under the lights." Additionally, two USAC Series races are tentatively scheduled to return that same weekend.
"We are excited to host the seventh year of IndyCar racing at Richmond International Raceway in 2007," said track president Doug Fritz. "Some of the most talented drivers will battle it out on the shortest track on the circuit. It's amazing to think that they will again turn laps in less than 16 seconds and reach speeds of more than 170 mph on a ¾-mile track. The previous six races have been well-attended by our great fans and we look forward to having an even bigger and more exciting race next year."
"The IndyCar Series and Richmond International Raceway have teamed up to offer great short track racing excitement and tradition 'under the lights' at the shortest track on the IndyCar Series schedule," said Brian Barnhart, president and COO of the Indy Racing League. "Doug Fritz and his entire team at Richmond International Raceway have done a great job in building IndyCar Series racing in the mid-Atlantic region and we look forward to its continued growth."
The 2007 IndyCar Series schedule is still being finalized. Much of the schedule is consistent with 2006; however, series officials have already announced they will run races in Iowa and Nashville next season and have moved several dates around.
The 2007 Richmond International Raceway schedule is nearing completion. The 2007 season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off May 4-5 when NASCAR returns for another action-packed doubleheader. The NASCAR Busch Series 250 will run "under the lights" Friday, May 4, along with practice and qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Saturday night will feature the Crown Royal presents Your Name Here 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. June will bring another open-wheel weekend to America's Premier Short Track. The USAC National Sprint Car Series will tentatively run Friday, June 29, along with pole qualifying for the IndyCar Series. Saturday night features the seventh annual SunTrust Indy Challenge, which will be tentatively preceded by the USAC Silver Crown Series race. NASCAR returns in September for one of the most exciting and prestigious race weekends in all of racing. The NASCAR Busch Series 250 will run Friday, September 7. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400¿One Last Race to Make The Chase¿will run Saturday, September 8, featuring the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
Tickets for the SunTrust Indy Challenge will be available for purchase beginning Monday, October 2, 2006. Reserved tickets will cost $35 and general admission tickets will cost $30. Kids 12 and under will be admitted for free in the general admission sections with a ticketed adult. Fans can visit www.rir.com or call 1-866-455-7223 for updates on when and how to purchase tickets to all of Richmond International Raceway's events.