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IndyCar CEO Bernard Working To Finalize '13 Schedule; Sets Oct. 1 As "Hard Deadline"
Published September 17, 2012
MAKING HEARTS RACE: In L.A., Jim Peltz writes IndyCar “still can put on a compelling show.” Saturday's MavTV 500 IndyCar World Championship at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., was a “tense, thrilling race.” The race saw driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, who needed to finish fifth to become champion, “hang on to finish fourth and capture his first title by only three points over” Will Power. The race drew a "crowd of 25,000 to 30,000, about the number who attended the last IndyCar race there” in ’05. A huge crowd “wasn't expected this year because of IndyCar's lengthy absence from the Fontana track and the sport's overall struggle to gain a wider following.” Bernard before the race said he was "proud of the effort" Auto Club Speedway made to market the race. He added regarding the series returning to Fontana, "We stand pretty optimistic" (L.A. TIMES, 9/17).
'DINGER NOT DONE? Penske on Saturday said that former NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger is “an option for the team's three-car IndyCar operation as soon as he is reinstated” following a positive drug test in July. In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin noted Penske “has a seat to fill after Ryan Hunter-Reay opted to sign a two-year extension" with Andretti Autosport on Friday. Driver Ryan Briscoe is “pursuing other IndyCar options, although he remains a possibility" for Penske's team. Penske said, "He's certainly an option for people on the NASCAR side and on the Indy side. ... He could be an option for us, for sure” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/16).