No Replacement For Dropped IndyCar China Race
IndyCar bosses "will not add a replacement fixture" for a cancelled race planned for China, according to the AFP. The sport's officials had "explored replacement talks" with several tracks after announcing that it would not stage a planned race in China this August. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said, "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" (AFP, 6/26). Auto Club Speedway Presidnet Gillian Zucker said, "I believe Randy worked very hard to keep things consistent. It would have been very hard to pull off a race in such a short time period. He was in a difficult position. But I think it was the right compromise. It works for the sponsors, Auto Club Speedway, our fans, the teams, the drivers and the owners" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/25). IndyCar series sponsor Izod said that it “supported IndyCar’s decision not to add a 16th race, which is required as part of its deal” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/25).