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SBD/July 6, 2011/Events and Attractions
IndyCar Series Heading Back To Auto Club Speedway With Night Race In '12
Published July 6, 2011
MAPPING OUT THE SCHEDULE: In L.A., Louis Brewster noted Bernard "has been adamant in maintaining a balance between ovals and street/road courses in the series." This year's series "features seven ovals in 17 events." IndyCar "already has two races in California, but the addition of ACS will be its only oval race." Meanwhile, it "remains to be seen whether the decision to include Fontana on the 2012 schedule signals a change" in IndyCar's relationship with ISC, which owns ACS. The IndyCar Series has "left ISC tracks" in recent years (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 7/5). In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin writes ACS "figures to be joined on the 2012 schedule by another oval track owned" by ISC. Bernard: "We need more ovals. We're trying to keep a balanced series." The ACS race "compensates for the expected loss of The Milwaukee Mile next year because of poor attendance" at The Milwaukee 225 on June 19 (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 7/6). SPEEDTV.com's Robin Miller reported Bernard has "had discussions with Elkhart Lake, Chicagoland, Laguna Seca, Houston, Detroit, Charlotte and China and would like to see 18 races in 2012 if possible" (SPEEDTV.com, 7/3).