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IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard yesterday said that Homestead-Miami Speedway “would not have an IRL race in 2011,” according to George Richards of the MIAMI HERALD. Bernard in an e-mail said, “While Homestead has been a good track, currently our objectives are not aligned. IndyCar must do what is in the best interest of IndyCar going forward.” Homestead, which will host the season-ending race this year, “appears to fall victim to not only poor attendance, but a divorce between rival racing factions.” The track is one of four IndyCar circuits owned by NASCAR-run ISC (MIAMI HERALD, 9/9). The AP’s Tim Reynolds reported the IndyCar finale “is expected to move to Las Vegas for 2011.” The IndyCar Series will release its full ’11 schedule tomorrow. Driver Tony Kanaan said, “To me, it’s a shame. It’s like losing my home race.” Driver Dario Franchitti said, “I’ll be sad if we don’t come back here” (AP, 9/8). Meanwhile, Watkins Glen Int'l President Michael Printup confirmed that his track was also dropped from the '11 schedule, saying that it was “'a joint business decision' between track officials and the IndyCar Series." Printup said that Watkins Glen, which like Homestead-Miami is an ISC track, will "keep the door open for discussions with the IndyCar Series beyond 2011" (AP, 9/9).
RACE AROUND THE WORLD: FIA officials confirmed that the F1 schedule will “stretch to a record 20 races next year with India making its grand prix debut in late October, although no new teams will be coming in.” The season will start in Bahrain on March 13 and end in Brazil on Nov. 27, with Abu Dhabi becoming “the penultimate race” on Nov. 13. REUTERS’ Alan Baldwin noted the “slim hopes of the starting grid being expanded to a full capacity of 13 teams, assuming all of the existing ones remain, disappeared.” Also, a 20-race calendar “has long been a desire” of F1 Management Chair Bernie Ecclestone, but the expanded schedule has “met some resistance from teams in the past due to the extra burden imposed on mechanics and travelling employees” (REUTERS, 9/8).