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Published June 14, 2012
POSSIBLE REPLACEMENTS: In Indianapolis, Anthony Schoettle noted some observers “have speculated the series will try to hold a replacement race at Road America in Wisconsin or even on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or at Lucas Oil Raceway.” But those potential solutions “aren't perfect” (IBJ.com, 6/13). Also in Indianapolis, Curt Cavin notes another possibility is the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. But both Laguna Seca and Road America are “permanent road courses, and Bernard has often said the preference is to end the season on an oval track” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/14). In Dallas, Gerry Fraley notes IndyCar “would have to stage the added race on an oval because city street and road courses would not be available on short notice” (DALLASNEWS.com, 6/13). Gossage said, “Considering the shrinking window to properly promote the season finale to its fullest, we will have to make a decision fairly quickly” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/14). Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Ron Kantowski writes it is not “too late for IndyCar to return to Las Vegas,” the site of driver Dan Wheldon's death during the season finale last year. Las Vegas Motor Speedway President Chris Powell said, "I would have liked to [have] seen them come back this year, even before the race at Texas went so well. Absolutely. Tell Randy I will take his phone call" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/14).
CHICAGOLAND WANTS BACK IN: In Chicago, Tina Akouris notes Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock is “trying to get an IndyCar date back to Joliet” in future years. Paddock said, “We are going to re-engage again. This market supports IndyCar and we want them back for good. We conduct a lot of fan forums and it’s fair to say that there is a lot of interest.” Andretti Autosport Owner Michael Andretti said that he has “heard rumors that the series will race the 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval again.” But many drivers Andretti has talked to “expressed safety concerns with the Joliet track.” Andretti said, “Joliet makes (racing) more dangerous because there is more wheel-to-wheel and pack racing, and you have guys up front who may have never been there before” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/14).