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2012 season calendar published by IndyCar

As well as Vegas, also missing from the calendar are returns to the Milwaukee Mile, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Motegi is also not included, having hosted its final race in IndyCar in 2011. In total, out of the 16 confirmed events for 2012 including the two full-points races at Texas, there are only five oval-based events, with the remainder all being held on street circuits or permanent road courses. However, Randy Bernard insisted that this still presented a good balance overall and was a unique challenge to drivers.

"To be crowned IZOD IndyCar Series champion, the driver must be able to master a diversified race schedule that truly challenges the best in the world,” he said. “The 2012 schedule offers our drivers and teams the test of conquering both ovals and road and street races. Adding to the diversity of the season, we're excited with the launch of three engine manufacturers [Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus] vying for the Manufacturers Trophy.”

There are still concerns that the Baltimore event may yet be hit by financial problems affecting the local promoters, despite the huge success of the maiden running of the race in 2011.

2012 IZOD IndyCar Schedule

March
(5th-8th Sebring International Raceway - open test)
25th Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course

April
1st Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course
15th Streets of Long Beach 1.968-mile street course
29th Streets of Sao Paulo 2.536-mile street course

May
(12th Indianapolis 500 Opening Day)
(19th Indianapolis 500 Pole Day)
(20th Indianapolis 500 Bump Day)
27th The 96th Indianapolis 500 2.5-mile oval

June
3rd Raceway at Belle Isle Park 2.1-mile street course
9th Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval (NB two races)
23th Iowa Speedway 0.875-mile oval

July
8th Streets of Toronto 1.755-mile street course
22th Edmonton City Centre Airport 1.973-mile airport course

August
5th Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course
19th Streets of Qingdao, China 3.87-mile street course
26th Infineon Raceway 2.303-mile road course

September
2nd Streets of Baltimore 2-mile street course
15th Auto Club Speedway 2-mile oval




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Indy 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand passes Paul Tracy during practice and qualifying for the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway - June 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Will Power takes the chequered flag at the end of the second race of the Firestone Twin 275s double-header event at Texas Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
Tony Kanaan and Wade Cunningham formed the front row of race 2 of the Firestone Twin 275 double header event at Texas Motor Speedway after qualifying was decided by a blind draw. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
The start of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29. [Picture credit: Larry Seidman for IndyCar Media]
The 33 starters line up ready for the green flat to begin the centennial Indianapolis 500. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday May 29, 2011. [Picture credit: Ron McQueeney for IndyCar Media]
Podium celebrations after the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves hits the wall after contact with Sebastien Bourdais. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations after the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations after the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations after the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Action during the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates clinching pole position for race 2 at Houston. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates clinching pole position for race 2 at Houston. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates clinching pole position for race 2 at Houston. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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britprik - Unregistered

January 05, 2012 8:48 PM

Oval racing isn't a bad word, it is people like Randy Bernard, who lacks a fundamental understanding of open wheel racing, i.e.: short high banked ovals with side by side restarts along with the uselessness of Brian Barnhart, that exaserbate the issue. Although Barnhart is gone, hopefully, it will not portend more uneccesary carnage. Hopefully, Indycar will become relevant again. I miss the great days of CART before Tony George single handedly ruined open wheel racing in the US.

DGAS - Unregistered

December 28, 2011 2:20 PM

It was a wheel bearing failure on Greg Moore's car that caused the crash, not the circuit. I'm just worried that oval racing has become a bit of a dirty word after the death of Dan Wheldon and they are keeping them to a minimum amount of races.



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