IndyCar organisers are particularly keen to add more oval races to the calendar, especially after the success of the thrilling season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California last weekend.
The unique Pocono Raceway is favourite to be added to the 2013 line-up, but the demise of Edmonton from the calender means that the series still needs more new venues on the books to make up a viable championship next year.
"We anticipate announcing our full 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule the first week of October," revealed Bernard.
New manager for Detroit Belle Isle event
IndyCar's Director of Security Charles Burns has been named as the new general manager of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
"We are delighted to welcome Charles Burns to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix team," said event chairman Bud Denker this week. "Charles has a wealth of experience in motorsports and major events and his expertise and management skills make him an ideal fit for general manager of the Grand Prix."
"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix team," responded Burns. "The event has quickly established itself as one of the premiere races on the IZOD IndyCar Series and Grand-Am Rolex Series schedules. I look forward to working with Bud and the team."
A former Marine, Burns will oversee day-to-day operations of the event, scheduled for May 31-June 2 in 2013. In his years of security management he's overseen 12 Indy 500 races, seven F1 Grand Prix races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and numerous NASCAR and MotoGP events at the venue.