2010 Calendar Changes for Texas and Motegi in IRL

Indy Racing League officials have announced that they changed the dates for the 2010 season races in Texas, USA and Motegi, Japan.

This means the race at the Texas Motor Speedway will take place a week after the Indianapolis 500 Grand Prix. Therefore it will be held one week earlier than its originally scheduled date, "in order to maintain the tradition of IndyCar and NASCAR Trucks doubleheader weekend", as Autosport reported.

"I have always been a proponent of that off week between Indy and us, but we hope the back-to-back races create even more momentum for the IndyCar Series and Texas Motor Speedway", said Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway president.

"It was important for us to keep this combination weekend together because it has been a tradition at Texas Motor Speedway since we opened in 1997. We looked at a variety of options, but felt this was the best for our fans and we are appreciative of the IRL's flexibility", added Gossage.

The Japanese Motegi IRL race has been changed from taking place on the traditional Saturday to Sunday, September 19, in order to take advantage of a national holiday that falls on Monday.

"We worked with our promoter partners to ensure they had race dates that fit their needs and worked for the series as well", stated Terry Angstadt, president of the commercial division of the IRL.

"Both Texas Motor Speedway and Twin Ring Motegi came to us in recent weeks looking to make adjustments based on various factors and we were happy to work with them to make the appropriate changes", concluded Angstadt
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