IndyCar Series Returns to TMS June 9

Race to return to single-race format in 2012

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Dec 22, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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IndyCar Series Returns to TMS in June

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Dario Franchitti, left, and Will Power, right, fire of six shooters after win the Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway on June 11, 2011.

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Next summer, Indy cars will once again be buzzing around the track at Texas Motor Speedway.

On Thursday, the speedway said the IndyCar series would return to the Fort Worth track on June 9 for the 16th straight season.

The race, the rebranded Firestone 550, will be a 228-lap (342 miles/550k) single race that will carry full championship points and purse.

in 2011, the speedway hosted twin 275-kilometer races with each carrying only half the points and purse.  Dario Franchitti won the first race while Will Power took the second.

"I've said all along that we would be able to work out our business deal with INDYCAR and am glad to report that our deal is done," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said in a statement.  "The race will return to its original format of 228 laps and 550 kilometers. We ran twin races this year, but it required more than an hour break between races to allow teams the ability to change engines and make other necessary changes to the cars. In listening to the fans, that hour break was simply too long. We're glad we tried the unique format, but we always listen to the fans' input to hopefully enhance their experience in the future."

For ticket information, visit TexasMotorSpeedway.com or by calling the speedway's ticket office at 817-215-8500.

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