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Indy Car Racing May Return to NH

June 11, 2008 by admin  
Filed under Sports & Entertainment

F1 might be coming back to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009. Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens said that there is a “60-70 percent” chance that Indy cars will be racing around the track next year.

Gappens met with officials from the Indy Racing League at the recently held race at Texas Motor Speedway, won by Scott Dixon in a Honda car. He said that the interest level of league officials was “100 percent,” but it depended on the future of the league’s Firestone IndyCar 300 race in Japan. Currently, the future of the Japanese race is in limbo. Female racer Danica Patrick, widely given credit for the increasing interest in the sport, won the race earlier this year. It is her only victory to date.

The last time Indy cars raced around the Loudon track in 1998. A split between the Indy Racing League and the then Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) saw major upheaval in the sport and also the departure of major open wheel car racing from the state. NASCAR remained at Loudon, but the cars are dramatically different machines. The open wheeled Indy cars are the exotic cars with the driver placed in front of the engine and wheels protruding from the arrowhead-like body. NASCAR vehicles are generally modeled off of stock vehicles with the engine in front of the driver and wheels covered by the fenders of the car body.

If Indy car racing does come to New Hampshire next year, the race would fall between the June 29 and September 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup races the track already hosts.

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2 Responses to “Indy Car Racing May Return to NH”
  1. we love autoracing and we always watch indy car races both home and abroad;’;

  2. Auto racing is the name of my game. I like to watch auto racing and i’m a muscle car fanatic.–;

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