A new street race on the venerable Trois-Rivieres street course is one of three new additions to the Firestone Indy Lights calendar for 2011. The schedule will again feature 12 races divided among six ovals, five temporary street circuits and one permanent road courses.
"Our goal is to prepare Firestone Indy Lights drivers to become successful IZOD IndyCar Series drivers," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Firestone Indy Lights. "The 2011 schedule achieves that goal by helping our drivers gain experience and succeed on all types of racing circuits."
Indy Lights will be the headline event for the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres which will also feature the Star Mazda Championship. The event marks Firestone Indy Lights' first standalone event since it raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course in support of the U.S. Grand Prix in 2007.
"We're very pleased to welcome back the Firestone Indy Lights to the legendary 1.52-mile street circuit of Trois-Rivières," said Francois Bordeleau, CEO of the event. "Many well-known drivers have participated in all kinds of races in the 41-year history of this iconic Quebec street race. We are proud to continue this tradition in welcoming the Firestone Indy Lights. The Quebec fans are definitely looking forward to another great show in August 2011."
Races at seven venues that hosted Firestone Indy Lights races in 2010, debut events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Streets of Baltimore and the return of the Milwaukee Mile will be held in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series. The season finale will be held at an oval to be announced at a later date, the series says.
2011 Firestone Indy Lights Championship
March 26-27, St. Petersburg, Fla.
April 9-10, Barber Motorsports Park
April 16-17, Long Beach, Calif.
May 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 18-19, The Milwaukee Mile
June 24-25, Iowa Speedway
July 9-10, Toronto, Canada
Aug. 6-7, Trois Rivieres, Canada
Aug. 13-14, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept. 3-4, Baltimore, Md.
Oct. 1-2, Kentucky Speedway
Oct. 15-16, TBA