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IRL season will go with the normal calendar year
The Indy Racing League will no longer end its season with the Indianapolis
After a split season that spills into two years and winds up at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, Tony George's series will go back to a conventional schedule
beginning in 1998.
Originally, the IRL decided to end each season with the Indy 500 to emphasize
its importance as the greatest spectacle in auto racing.
But IRL teams said the split season made it difficult to sell sponsorship.
"This is something the team owners unanimously support," said IRL executive
director Jack Long. "Given the calendar-year nature of sponsors' financial
planning, this will help IRL teams meet their sponsors' objectives."