INDIANAPOLIS - The Izod IndyCar Series will race in China in 2012 on a street circuit in the seaport city of Qingdao.
The Thursday announcement of the Aug. 19 race in China comes as IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is trying to fill the 2012 schedule. The schedule had gaps even before two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in the Oct. 16 season finale at Las Vegas.
Bernard is waiting for the results of that accident investigation to determine if IndyCar can continue to race on high-banked ovals such as Las Vegas and Texas.
IndyCar traveled to Asia the last nine years to race at the Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway in Motegi City, Japan. That contract has ended, and a stop in China will be IndyCar's fourth international venue in 2012.