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China round dropped - replacement being sought

"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," Bernard said.

Even with a replacement race, the cancellation of the Qingdao round will be a major blow to the series on a financial level, as the flyaway race was only believed to have been added to the season because of the extra money it would have brought into the series' coffers. Those additional funds allowed IndyCar to be able to run other events in the US at favourable rates to bring fan-pleasing races to the likes of Milwaukee and Iowa.

It's unclear whether IndyCar will be reimbursed by the promoters or by how much following this week's decision.

It's just the latest headache for Bernard, who also appears to be having to initiate a search for a new series title-level sponsor. Despite clothing retailer IZOD's existing sponsorship contract lasting for another three years, it appears that they are winding down their involvement in the series and might be looking for an early exit.




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DGAS - Unregistered

June 14, 2012 10:39 PM

I would love to see Burke lakefront airport in Cleveland on the schedule again. Always a cracking race when CART were there and the unpredictable weather adds to the excitement and challenge. In all the years CART were there I dont remember a boring race.



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