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Will the IRL go international?
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RICHMOND, Va.The IndyCar Series has already changed from an all-oval series with a predominantly American driver corps to a series with a diverse set of tracks and racers. Some may say that this shift has made the series into an global affair. If it isn't that right now, it may be in a year or two. Last week, the Associated Press reported that the league intends to hold a March 2010 street race in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, a city known for its links to the country's sugarcane industry and as the hometown of three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves. Naturally, Castroneves was happy about this possibility.
What will be on the IRL schedule?
The IndyCar Series may be looking beyond North America for future races, but there's been other movement on the schedule.
While the 2010 schedule will not be officially be released until next month, it is believed that the 18-race docket will feature a 50-50 split between ovals and road/street courses.
Unfortunately, this isn't concrete yet, but that doesn't mean we can't imagine what the schedule would look like if we were in charge of the IRL. Here's my ideal sked for the series, at least as of now.
Add: Las Vegas, New Hampshire Road Courses (6)
Drop: Infineon, Mid-Ohio
Add: Barber, Road Atlanta, Portland, Mont-Tremblant, Interlagos Street/Airport Courses (4)
Chris Estrada, FOXSports.com