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IndyCar Series officials have announced that the Chinese round of the championship has been called off. The event was supposed to take place in Qingdao on 19 August.
“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,” says Randy Bernard, IndyCar CEO.
“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.”
Bernard adds that the series is not ‘closing the door’ with China for future events and that he is now on the lookout for a possible replacement to keep 16 races for 2012.
“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 adds.
The championship is currently led by Australia’s Will Power, who sits 36 points ahead of New Zealander Scott Dixon. Title holder Dario Franchitti is sixth after seven races, with the series hosting its legendary Milwaukee Mile this weekend.
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