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Las Vegas Removed From IndyCar Schedule

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, December 8 2011

Track workers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway give thumbs up to drivers as they take a five-lap salute to Dan Wheldon, who was killed in a wreck at the track earlier that day.

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INDYCAR announced today that the IZOD IndyCar Series will not race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2012.

The series was scheduled to close its 2012 season at the speedway on Oct. 14, but INDYCAR and speedway officials said considerable testing with the new car is needed prior to returning to the facility.

“We feel we need to give our technical team ample time to conduct thorough testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, once we complete our ongoing investigation into the 15-car accident during the Oct. 16 race at the track,” said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR.

Las Vegas was the site this year of the crash which took the life of driver Dan Wheldon. The crash occurred during the season-ending race this year.

A number of drivers had complained both before and after the Wheldon crash, which occurred near the start of the race, was not suitable for racing IndyCars.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season opens March 25 with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The complete schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, December 8 2011
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