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IndyCar scraps plans for August race in China

June 13, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Australian Will Power has won three of seven races this year and currently leads the IndyCar title standings by 36 points. He won't be racing in China this season.
Australian Will Power has won three of seven races this year and currently… (Charlie Neibergall / Associated…)

The Izod IndyCar Series said Wednesday its inaugural race in China on Aug. 19 had been canceled and the series was looking for a possible substitute venue.

"IndyCar has been notified by the promoter that the event is canceled for 2012," IndyCar Chief Executive Randy Bernard said in a statement.

The race was scheduled to be held on a 3.87-mile street course in Qingdao on the northeast coast of China.

But the local government there balked at holding the race on the scheduled date and a new date or location could not be found in time, the Associated Press reported.

As a result, IndyCar said it was looking at "a possible replacement event" that would keep the series' schedule at 16 races this year.

The series' season finale is a night race Sept. 15 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Australian Will Power, winner of three of the seven races so far this year, currently leads the IndyCar title standings by 36 points over Scott Dixon.

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