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INDY RACING LEAGUE SETS DATES FOR '96 INAUGURAL SEASON
Published April 25, 1995
The Indy Racing League announced dates for four of its races during its inaugural '96 season: The Indy 200 at Walt Disney World's planned 1.1 mile oval on January 27; Phoenix 200 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway on March 24; Indianapolis 500 on its traditional Memorial Day date, May 26; and the Las Vegas 200 September 15. Two more IRL dates may come at a later date. ABC will broadcast each race (IRL). WARRING LEAGUES? In Boston, Michael Vega examines the problems that may develop between IndyCar and the IRL. Many IndyCar drivers are concerned that non-sanctioning by the IRL could keep them out of the Indy 500. IndyCar CEO Andrew Craig said the issue is power: "We've come down to one issue, and that's that the [Indianapolis Motor] Speedway wants to either have the power to run the series or at least to have most of the power in running the series." Car owner Derrick Walker is afraid the conflict could be "divisive to the sport": "I think we'll all lose. ... My sponsors want to go to the Indy 500 and I'm sure the Indy 500 wants our team and wants our sponsors. So I think if the IRL is going to evolve, it has to recognize there are other interests for these teams and the rules should be open enough to allow a team to go to the Indy 500 even if it doesn't go to the whole series" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/23).