2005 INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE
1. MARCH 6: Toyota Indy 300, Homestead
Comment: Dan Wheldon, who won three times as a rookie in 2004, picked up where he left off, winning by 3.69 seconds over Sam Hornish.
2. MARCH 19: XM Satellite Radio Indy 200, Avondale, Ariz.
Comment: Hornish outdueled Dario Franchitti on a late restart to win and take the points lead. Franchitti brushed the wall and fell to fourth.
3. APRIL 3: Grand Prix
of St. Petersburg
Comment: The first road race in series history and the second major open-wheel race in the city in three years.
4. APRIL 30: Indy Japan 300, Suzuka
Comment: Wheldon earned his first series victory in the race last year on his way to a runnerup points finish.
5. MAY 29: Indianapolis 500
Comment: Team Penske's three-race winning streak at Indy ended with Buddy Rice's win in the rain-shortened 2004 race.
6. JUNE 11: Bombardier 500,
Fort Worth, Texas
Comment: This is the 16th IRL race here, the most for any track since the series was founded in 1996.
7. JUNE 25: SunTrust Indy Challenge, Richmond, Va.
Comment: The track has seen four winners and four pole-sitters in its four IRL races.
8. JULY 3: Argent Mortgage Indy 300, Kansas City, Kan.
Comment: Buddy Rice won from the pole for the second time in 2004 here.
9. JULY 16: Firestone Indy 200, Gladeville, Tenn.
Comment: Another place without a repeat winner or pole-sitter in four series races.
10. JULY 24: West Allis, Wis.
Comment: The oldest track in the series began running races in 1903 and runs both Champ Car and IRL races.
11. JULY 31: Michigan Indy 400, Brooklyn
Comment: One of two 2-mile ovals in the series; it switched from CART to IRL in 2002.
12. AUG. 14: Bluegrass 300,
Comment: Adrian Fernandez won here last year to start a run of three victories in five races.
13. AUG. 21: Honda Indy 225,
Comment: Greg Ray, who swept two races here in 1999, is the only two-time winner here.
14. AUG. 28: TBA, Sonoma, Calif.
Comment: The second road course race in the series runs both Nextel Cup and IRL races, as does Watkins Glen.
15. SEPT. 11: Delphi Indy 300,
Comment: The series' closest 1-2-3 finish was here in 2003 when Hornish, Scott Dixon and Bryan Herta were covered by 0.01 seconds.
16. SEPT. 25: Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, N.Y.
Comment: One of America's most venerable circuits closes the series' road course portion of the schedule.
17. OCT. 16: Toyota Indy 400,
Comment: Moved from the second-to-last to the last spot on the schedule, replacing Texas.
JIM TOMLIN, Times staff writer