Firestone Indy Lights releases 2011 sked

New tracks include Trois-Rivieres, New Hampshire and Baltimore; Milwaukee back on docket as well

The Firestone Indy Lights appears to have an interesting season on the horizon if their 2011 schedule is an indication.

Six ovals and six road/street courses (five of them being the latter) make up the 12-race campaign, with three of the events serving as FIL debuts and one of them as a return.

FIL will be the headliner at the venerable Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres, which will also feature Star Mazda on the undercard to ensure a strong presence for IndyCar’s “Road to Indy” ladder system.

The Milwaukee Mile is also back on the FIL schedule for 2011 and will have its event in mid-June as a support race for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Milwaukee 225.

Below is the full schedule — which, by the way, isn’t quite complete yet as the series is still determining an oval site for the season finale. Considering the date (Oct. 15-16) and what this Curt Cavin-penned piece says, I’m thinking that oval to be Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But we’ll see how it works out.

2011 Firestone Indy Lights schedule

March 26-27

Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida

April 9-10

Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.

April 16-17

Streets of Long Beach, California

May 27

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind.

June 18-19

The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.

June 24-25

Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa

July 9-10

Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Aug. 6-7

Streets of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

Aug. 13-14

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

Sept. 3-4

Streets of Baltimore, Md.

Oct. 1-2

Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.

Oct. 15-16

Season Finale TBA