Kentucky Speedway
announces 2003 schedule

Indy Cars, NASCAR Busch,
trucks return next year

Staff Report

SPARTA, KY. (November 2002) – The Kentucky Speedway will bring racing series back to the 1.5-mile tri-oval track during four weekends in May, June, July and August 2003.
Track officials announced their 2003 race schedule in mid-October, and it features the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Indy Racing League and ARCA RE/MAX Series, all which competed at the $152-million speedway this past summer.

Sam Hornish Jr.

Sam Hornish Jr.
2003 IRL
Season Champion

Support series returning to the state-of-the-art facility include the NASCAR All Pro, NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series and Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series. The schedule also includes a May 9 celebrity event that will showcase NASCAR Winston Cup stars signing autographs and racing on the quarter-mile short track.
2003 season tickets went on sale Oct. 14, and single event ticket sales begin Monday, Jan. 6, 2003. Season ticket holders will receive more benefits than ever before, including parking and pit passes as well as extra tickets to race events.
Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis announced the upcoming ledger, which features a realignment of the returning series and Kentucky Speedway’s first all open-wheel weekend. All races will enjoy national live or tape delay television exposure.
“I’m very pleased with our new race schedule for 2003 and that we’ll continue to showcase our facility and events through extensive national and local television coverage,” Cassis said.
“Of course, the race schedule is just the foundation from which to build upon as each weekend will include special musical entertainment and festivities for the whole family. We’ve developed a reputation of doing things bigger and better, and we won’t disappoint in 2003.”
The ARCA RE/MAX Series returns for opening weekend May 9-10 and “The Channel 5-205.” WLWT-TV 5, Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, returns as the title sponsor and will again televise the race live to the Greater Cincinnati market. The race distance increases 50 miles from the 2002 event and will be the series only Kentucky performance of 2003. Four-time series champion and three-time Kentucky Speedway champion Frank Kimmel is expected to lead the talented race field.
The NASCAR Busch Series returns to anchor the June 13-14 weekend and will be joined by the NASCAR All Pro Series. The event has attracted back-to-back overflow crowds of more than 71,000 and 70,000 to set the standing Greater Cincinnati single sports event attendance record in both 2002 and 2001.
The speedway’s July 11-12 weekend will feature the return of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series.
The first all open-wheel race weekend commences Aug. 16-17 when the Indy Racing League and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series return to close the season at respective speeds of more than 220 mph and 180 mph. The race weekend moves to the third week of August for the first time.(All times EST; some starting times TBA)

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