IndyCar Series officials have confirmed that this year’s calendar will remain at fifteen races, following the recent announcement that the planned street circuit event in the Chinese city of Qingdao won’t go ahead.
There had been hopes that another road or oval course could be slotted in at short notice to keep this year’s championship at its scheduled sixteen races.
Last week, we reported on speculation that the famous Road America course was willing to stage an IndyCar race on the same weekend as part of a double-header with a round of the American Le Mans Series championship.
Overnight, however, IndyCar Series boss Randy Bernard announced that no replacement would be sought.
“After carefully considering all possible options for an additional race, we felt it was in our best interest to keep our schedule at its current 15-event lineup,” he is quoted as saying.
“We want to make sure that when we add events to our roster they have long-term potential and are given every opportunity to be successfully promoted. The more we explored, the more we felt like we were rushing what could be good, long-lasting opportunities for the sport.
“I thank all of the promoters who entertained the possibility of hosting the IndyCar Series this season. It certainly validated what we already knew – there’s a lot of interest from venues across North America in hosting our sport.”
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