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Series opts out of Vegas return in 2012

The October accident may even have caused Bernard to rethink the series' future on ovals in general, with suggestions that he is holding off signing a new deal with Texas Motor Speedway - a venue popular with fans and with drivers and seemingly sufficiently different from the criticised LVMS configuration.

"We don't have a deal yet, but that's not to say we aren't going to get one done," said the president of Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage.

Without Texas, the 2012 IndyCar season would consist of only 14 races - and the event at Baltimore may also yet fall through because of problems with the current promoters being unable to cover their debts.

A truncated 2012 season would likely finish early (possibly in early September at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway) having originally been scheduled to conclude at Vegas on October 14, 2012. It could also mean that the balance of the series shifts sharply to road courses and away from ovals in the short term at least.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season is due to open on March 25 with the street race Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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