The 2004 Champ Car World Series will feature another year of all-round challenges, as organising body CART revealed a list of 15 confirmed venues featuring the established variety of road, street and oval courses.

The series unveiled the list on the eve of the second running of the Grand Prix Americas event in Miami, but sprung a surprise by naming a new venue alongside the 14 already fixtures on the schedule.

The traditional list will be augmented by an exciting new addition in 2004 as the Champ Cars take to the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval for the first time. In addition, there are six other venues that are also under consideration for spots on next year's schedule, as the series attempts to capitalise on a rebuilding season.

"The addition of such a strong market such as Las Vegas, where our television numbers have always been well above average, gives us even more reason to be excited about the upcoming campaign," said CART president and CEO Chris Pook, "We are confident that 2004 will provide our fans, sponsors, teams and drivers with a series that they can be proud of and that delivers maximum value across the board."

The confirmed dates will see the series race in four different countries, including three stops in Canada and two in Mexico, along with the annual sojourn to Surfers Paradise in Australia. Oval races will take place at California Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile along with Las Vegas, while road and street circuits in Cleveland, Denver, Long Beach, Miami, St Petersburg and Elkhart Lake will test the drivers.

Recent Champ Car venues such as Brands Hatch, EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Portland International Raceway are all under consideration to join the 2004 schedule, as is a new track in East Asia. The complete event and television schedule will be announced in the very near future.

Confirmed venues for 2004

Ovals

California Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Milwaukee Mile

Street courses

Denver
Long Beach
Miami
St Petersburg
Surfers Paradise
Toronto
Vancouver
Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland

Road courses
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
Fundidora Park, Monterrey
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Road America - Elkhart Lake

Dates to be confirmed

Brands Hatch
East Asia
EuroSpeedway Lausitz
Laguna Seca
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Portland International Raceway

 

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