Firestone Indy Lights will offer the challenge of one of the most diverse schedules of any developmental series in motorsports in 2010, with 13 races divided among five ovals, four temporary street circuits, and four permanent road courses.
The 2010 schedule includes 12 venues that hosted Firestone Indy Lights races in 2009 and the series' first race at Barber Motorsports Park. All races will be held in conjunction with the IndyCar Series.
"Our goal is to prepare Firestone Indy Lights drivers to become successful IndyCar Series drivers, and to reach that goal they must gain experience and succeed on all types of racing circuits," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Firestone Indy Lights. "The schedule offers that challenge to our drivers each year."
For the eighth consecutive year, the Firestone Indy Lights season will begin competition in Florida, with a race on the streets of St. Petersburg to open the campaign on March 27 or 28.
The series will then make its debut at the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park on April 10 or 11 before heading to the Streets of Long Beach, California, for the second time on April 17 or 18. Dates will be determined soon.
The first oval of the season will be the series' premier event - the Firestone Freedom 100 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28 two days before the Indianapolis 500.
"The opportunity to compete on Carb Day at Indianapolis is an experience that is second to none for our drivers, teams and sponsors and the highlight of the schedule each year," Bailey added. "We feel like our schedule demands the ability of both drivers and teams to master a variety of venues with the end result of a champion that is fully prepared to be an IndyCar Series driver."
The summer stretch features five consecutive road course events, including a Canadian swing on the streets of Toronto on July 17 or 18 and at Edmonton's City Centre Airport on July 24 or 25.
The season will conclude with three consecutive oval events, including the championship race October 1 or 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which will host the Firestone Indy Lights for the eighth year in a row.
"The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights schedule has great balance," summed-up Al Speyer, executive director, Firestone Racing. "It provides the perfect blend of ovals, street circuits and road courses necessary to prepare these talented and developing drivers for the rigors of the IndyCar Series. If they can master the diversity of tracks on the Firestone Indy Lights schedule, it will have them well prepared to take that next step. Competing on this array of venues also allows Firestone Racing to more finely develop and advance the technology of the Firehawk race tyres. We're looking forward to another great season of exciting Firestone Indy Lights racing in 2010."
The complete 2010 Firestone Indy Lights schedule is as follows:
2010 Firestone Indy Lights calendar:
March 27 or 28
Streets of St. Petersburg
April 10 or 11
Barber Motorsports Park
April 17 or 18
Streets of Long Beach
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 19 or 20
July 3 or 4
Watkins Glen International
July 17 or 18
Streets of Toronto
July 24 or 25
Edmonton City Centre Airport
Aug. 7 or 8
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Aug. 21 or 22
Aug. 27 or 28
Sept. 4 or 5
Oct. 1 or 2