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19-race IndyCar season unveiled for 2013

Detroit Belle Isle keeps its post-Indy spot and this time consists of the first doubleheader of the year. It will be followed by four consecutive oval events: a night race at Texas, then the races at Milwaukee, Iowa and Pocono.

The street course at Toronto is bumped up to a doubleheader event on July 13/14 to compensate for the loss of the other traditional Canadian outing for the series at Edmonton, after the local promoters decided not to stage the event there in 2013. The only other loss from the 2012 calendar is the ill-fated Indy Qingdao 600 in China that was was cancelled just weeks before it was due to be held after a change of heart by the local authorities in the port city.

August sees the series head to Mid-Ohio Sports Car course and then to Sonoma Raceway at Sears Point, California a week before the street race in Baltimore. There is then a month-long break in proceedings before the final three races of the year, the new street race doubleheader at Houston and the season finale under the floodlights at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

That long gap means there is room to insert another event if one materialises over the winter. There had been rumours that either an extra oval race at Kentucky or a new street race in Providence, Rhode Island may still be being negotiated, although the likely slot for the latter race would appear to be in August between the Ohio and Sonoma rounds if it did happen.

Bernard said that it was his intention to grow the number of ovals for the following season in 2014: "We want to continue to present IndyCar as the most versatile racing in the world, so we would like to add more ovals in the future," he said.

Currently the difficulty for IndyCar in adding more ovals is that spectator attendance at speedways is poor compared to street circuits, with the latter also appealing to the more sought-after younger demographic. Even though the 2012 season finale at Auto Club Speedway was a huge success in terms of racing action as Ryan Hunter-Reay clinched the 2012 title, the number of actual spectators at the circuit was not as high as hoped for. That was partly because of the searing Californian temperatures in mid-September, something that the series hopes to address by pushing the event back a month into cooler conditions in mid-October.

"We are proud of the on-track product we provided in 2012," said Bernard. "From the drivers to the new car, we demonstrated that the IZOD IndyCar Series is showcasing the best racing in the world.

"We want to create more exposure and content for our sport, and we feel this strong and diverse schedule along with the addition of doubleheader races will provide an opportunity to further showcase the skills and personalities of the IZOD IndyCar Series next season," he continued.

"We look forward to watching Ryan Hunter-Reay defend his title, the second year of engine manufacturer competition and the best-of-the-best tackle this challenging schedule in 2013."

2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule

March 24 - Streets of St. Petersburg: Florida (1.8-mile street)

April 7 - Barber Motorsports Park: Birmingham, Alabama (2.38-mile road)
April 21 - Streets of Long Beach: California (1.968-mile street)

May 5 - Streets of Sao Paulo: Brazil (2.6-mile street)
May 26 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Indianapolis (2.5-mile oval)

June 1 - Belle Isle Park: Detroit, Michigan (2.07-mile street)
June 2 - Belle Isle Park: Detroit, Michigan (2.07-mile street)
June 8 - Texas Motor Speedway: Fort Worth, Texas (1.5-mile oval)
June 15 - Milwaukee Mile: West Allis, Wisconsin (1-mile oval)
June 23 - Iowa Speedway: Newton, Iowa (0.875-mile oval)

July 7 - Pocono Raceway: Long Pond, Pennsylvania (2.5-mile oval)
July 13 - Streets of Toronto: Ontario, Canada (1.75-mile street)
July 14 - Streets of Toronto: Ontario, Canada (1.75-mile street)

August 4 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: Lexington, Ohio (2.258-mile road)
August 25 - Sonoma Raceway: Sears Point, California (2.303-mile road)

September 1 - Streets of Baltimore: Maryland (2.04-mile street)

October 5 - Reliant Park: Houston, Texas (1.7-mile street)
October 6 - Reliant Park: Houston, Texas (1.7-mile street)
October 12 - Auto Club Speedway: Fontana, California (2-mile oval)

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Ryan Hunter-Reay leads the last restart in the Grand Prix of Baltimore (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
12-15 April, 2012, Long Beach, California, USA. Winner Will Power takes the chequered flag. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA. [Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA]
Penske`s Will Power takes the green flag and crosses the start finish line at the start of the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball and Mike Conway take the checkered flag. July 6-9, 2012. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay lead the field in for pit stops as Dario Franchitti is punted by EJ Viso. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott. LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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JimfromSWON - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 5:38 PM

I'm not sure how old the readers of this site are, but Indycar has long roots! Indycar, IRL, CART, or just USAC. Whoever the organising or sanctioning body, they are cars uniquely designed to race at the Indianapolis Speedway. It has always been a spec race of some kind! The early Indy races always used to start with the drivers lined up along the infield fence, then running across the track to their cars backed diagonally along the outside fence. They jumped into the cars, started their engines, tore down the track as they buckled in! It was amazing! Although I don't remember any injuries, I do remember drivers talking about not getting their harnesses buckleed until the 2nd or 3rd lap. It was changed to an in-car standing start, & then a rolling start! So yes, Indy has a very long history, yes they have many traditions, and despite all the complaining, it is the most interesting, compedative racing leagues. It is not a juniour race to F1. Why do you think former F1 champion

David Chaste - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 4:30 AM

Why should Indycar be happy to simply become another stepping stone to F1. Indycar has its own flavor. Besides les than 10 percent of those aspiring to F1 make it there. Most of F1's revenue is derived from various governments funding the Grand Prix's. So in truth no one really knows how economically viable it is as a business model. Only the Austin Grand Prix will have private funding. The only government funded races in Indycar are the ones outside the U.S. The american races have very little government involvement. So in essence Indycar operates in a stronger economic climate: people have to recoup their money back and some. Hence the reason why the different racing approaches

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