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2006 Hankook USTCC Schedule Announced with 11 of 13 Races Confirmed
      by Ryan Cristobal

January 30th, 2006/Richmond, Ca.- The Hankook United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC)announced 11 of the 13 races with 2 to be finalized that will make up the 2006 USTCC Season.

The release of the 2006 schedule shows the series carrying over the strength and momentum of the 2005 season. The 2006 schedule will again feature a number of very notable high profile race dates, with a return to an old favorite as a season opener, a brand new venue, two return dates to the Pacific Northwest, a return to the Sin City and the first race for the series outside the country.

For the first time since 2001, the series will return to Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca in Monterey, California where the 2006 Championship will begin on March 10-12 in conjunction with the 1st inaugural visit of the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsports open wheel racing series in the U.S.

Then the following month on April 1-2 after a three week break, the USTCC series will head south of the border to Mexico for the Mexicali GP. This will be the series' first headliner race weekend and will be on the street of the city of Mexicali. The first East Coast race will be on April 21-23 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Ohio. For the May Classic, the series will visit for the first time the brand new state-of-the-art Miller Motorsport Park in Utah, where it will host the series' second Annual East-West Shoot Out on May 20-21. The series will contest the shoot out on the complete 4.5 mile road course, currently the longest road course in the United States. Then off to BeaveRun Motorsport Complex, Big Beaver Borough, PA on June 10-11.

The 2006 Championship will then be looking forward to adding another Champ Car World Series race weekend date with the addition of CCWS Portland GP on June 16-18. Then the annual Hyper-Fest weekend at Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV on July 7-9 with its import car geared activities will be hosting the next race.

The series then will set to return to the heart of the Silicon Valley on streets of downtown San Jose for the second annual San Jose Grand Prix on July 28-30 where the series set its record largest starting grid and largest race attendance. From there the series returns to Mid-Ohio on August 11-13 for the second time in the same season.

Then on August 19-20 the USTCC will head north to Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington in support of the Pacific Raceways 100, a NASCAR Northwest and Southwest regional series race. This is followed by a very busy month of October slated with 3 race weekends.

The busy October month starts with Putnam Park in Mount Meridian, Indiana on October 7-8. Then from there the series is off to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI on October 21-22 for its East Coast finale.

To close out the 2006 Championship and for the first time since 2001, the series returns to the Sin City's Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV on October 28-29 weekend in time for the SEMA show.

2006 Schedule

March 10-12 Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
with A1GP   April 1-2 Mexicali GP street race, Mexico
Headliner April 21-23 Mid Ohio Raceway, Lexington, OH May 20-21 Miller Motorsport Park, UT
(EAST-WEST shoot out) June 10-11 BeaveRun Motorsport Complex, Big Beaver Borough, PA June 16-18 Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR (not confirmed yet)
with Champ Car World Series   July 7-9 Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point WV
with Hyperfest   July 28-30 San Jose Grand Prix, San Jose, CA (not confirmed yet)
with Champ Car World Series   August 11-13 Mid Ohio Raceway, Lexington, OH August 19-20 Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA
with NASCAR   October 7-8 Putnam Park, Mount Meridian, IN October 21-22 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI October 28-29 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV