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INDYCAR Cancels China, Talks To Texas About Filling In

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Wednesday, June 13 2012

INDYCAR boss Randy Bernard says the race in China has been removed from the 2012 schedule..

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INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced Wednesday morning its scheduled Aug. 19 race in Qingdao, China, has been cancelled.

Wednesday afternoon, Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, said that the series has talked to him about hosting the cancelled race at TMS.

A in a statement issued by TMS, Gossage said:

“The thought is intriguing to potentially have Texas Motor Speedway once again play host to the INDYCAR season finale, just like we did from 1999 to 2004, in the nation’s fourth-largest media market. However, we did not have the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header in early November at that time and a September or early October date could pose several obstacles on a variety of fronts that we would have to consider before making a decision. Considering the shrinking window to properly promote the season finale to its fullest, we will have to make a decision fairly quickly.”

Texas Motor Speedway just completed the running of its 23rd IZOD IndyCar Series event, the most of any speedway in the history of the series, with this past Saturday night’s Firestone 550 won by Justin Wilson. The IZOD IndyCar Series has run annually at Texas Motor Speedway since it opened in 1997 and held two races at facility from 1998 to 2004, including the season finale on six occasions (1999-2004).

The reason for the cancellation of the race in China was, INDYCAR said, because of a schedule conflict in the country.

“We wanted to give the China race every opportunity to move forward and be successful, but INDYCAR has been notified by the promoter that the event is cancelled for 2012,” said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. “We were informed that the promoter was trying to move the event to a different date and location. After ongoing discussions regarding alternative dates, as well as doing our due diligence in exploring alternate venues in China, the promoter cancelled the event. A decision had to be made to allow INDYCAR and its participants to plan accordingly for the second half of the season.”

INDYCAR announced plans for its inaugural race in China on Nov. 10, 2011. Bernard said INDYCAR is “not closing the door” on opportunities for a future race in China.

Bernard added that INDYCAR is investigating a possible replacement event that will keep the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule at 16 races.

“We are working with our promoters that host events in the second half of our calendar to keep them apprised of how the date of a potential new race could impact our current schedule,” he said.

One of those promotors turned out to be Gossage.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Wednesday, June 13 2012
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  • Jan Shaffer says:

    The old CC series tried China three times with much fanfare, and it didn’t happen. The Indy Car series has now tried it once and it didn’t happen. This would indicate that the time spent to making China not happen can be better spent making something good happen.