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Edmonton is off of the 2013 INDYCAR Schedule

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, announced today it will not return to Edmonton in 2013.

“When we finalized our schedule for the upcoming 2013 season, it unfortunately did not include Edmonton,” said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. “We thank the city of Edmonton and all the fans for their support of the event over the last eight years.”

Bernard added:  “More importantly this has not affected our plans for a minimum of 19 races next season, and we remain optimistic that we will return to having two races in Canada as early as 2014.  We anticipate announcing our full 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule the first week of October.”

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Beer Boots INDYCAR

INDYCAR announced plans for its inaugural race in China on Nov. 10, 2011, but it seems the race, scheduled for August 19, has been cancelled in favor of a beer festival. INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard said INDYCAR is “not closing the door” on opportunities for a future race there.

“We wanted to give the China race every opportunity to move forward and be successful, but INDYCAR has been notified by the promoter that the event is cancelled for 2012,” said Bernard. “We were informed that the promoter was trying to move the event to a different date and location. After ongoing discussions regarding alternative dates, as well as doing our due diligence in exploring alternate venues in China, the promoter cancelled the event. A decision had to be made to allow INDYCAR and its participants to plan accordingly for the second half of the season.”

It seems the Qingdao festival is taking precedence over the race.  The new mayor that took over the host city in March reportedly has the opinion that the race should not take place at the same time as a beer festival.  Clearly, the mayor, nor any of his advisors have been to an INDYCAR race.  We’re not sure what goes more hand in hand than drinking and watching cars zoom by.

For the last 22 years, Qingdao has hosted the largest beer festival in Asia with international breweries from all over the globe flocking to China’s Shandong Province.  The event lasts for two weeks and begins with a grand opening ceremony, followed by a beer tasting, evening entertainment, karaoke, drinking competitions, and a themed final ceremony.  Besides beer, there is a mammoth amount of food to dig in to.  It is unclear as to whether the race was supposed to be the spectacle of the day or just add to the beer festival, but original track maps show the race on the same streets as the beer fest.  The track map has already been removed from the INDYCAR website.

Bernard added that INDYCAR is investigating a possible replacement event that will keep the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule at 16 races.

“We are working with our promoters that host events in the second half of our calendar to keep them apprised of how the date of a potential new race could impact our current schedule,” he said.

For more information on the Qingdao International Beer Festival, visit http://www.qingdaochinaguide.com/news/events/international-beer-festival.html.  To keep up to date on the INDYCAR series, visit http://www.indycar.com/.

96th Indianapolis 500 Schedule


(All times local, subject to change)

Thursday, May 10, 2012 – ROOKIE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Free (Only public access is South Terrace grandstands adjacent to Gate 2 entrance)

  • 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Practice

Friday, May 11, 2012 – FIRESTONE FREEDOM 100 TESTING
Free (Only public access is South Terrace grandstands adjacent to Gate 2 entrance)

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Practice

Saturday, May 12, 2012 – OPENING DAY/CELEBRATION OF AUTOMOBILES
$10 admission; 12 and under free

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles (Vintage and Historic Car Show, Emerging Tech Showcase, Automobile Festival)
  • 10:30-10:50 a.m., Q&A Session about 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car, Coca-Cola Stage
  • Noon-6 p.m., Practice
  • 12:15 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles Awards, Coca-Cola Stage
  • 6 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles Dinner

Sunday, May 13, 2012 – PRACTICE
$10 admission; 12 and under free

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 10:30-11 a.m., Q&A with Beaux Barfield, Coca-Cola Stage
  • Noon-6 p.m., Practice

Monday, May 14, 2012 – Thursday, May 17, 2012 – PRACTICE
$10 admission; 12 and under free

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • Noon-6 p.m., Practice

Friday, May 18, 2012 – FAST FRIDAY
$10 admission, 12 and under free

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 11-11:30 a.m., Q&A with Owner/Driver/Sponsor Panel, Coca-Cola Stage
  • Noon-6 p.m., Practice
  • 6:15 p.m., Pole Day Qualifications Draw, Coca-Cola Stage

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – POLE DAY
$15 admission, 12 and under free

  • 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 8-10 a.m., Practice
  • 10-10:30 a.m., Q&A with Past Pole Winners, Coca-Cola Stage
  • 10:15 a.m., American Dairy Association Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m., First Qualifying Segment
  • 4 p.m., Ceremonial Lap Honoring 50th Anniversary of Parnelli Jones’ 150-mph Lap
  • 4:30-6 p.m., Fast Nine Pole Qualifying
  • 6 p.m., Pole Award Presentation, Yard of Bricks
  • 6:15 p.m., Live Music by Here Come The Mummies, Coca-Cola Stage

Sunday, May 20, 2012 – BUMP DAY/IMS ARMED FORCES DAY
$15 admission, 12 and under free

  • 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Military Vehicle Display, Pagoda Plaza, MotoGP Course Turns 7 and 9
  • 10-11 a.m., Practice
  • 11:15-11:40 a.m., Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony, Yard of Bricks
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m., Q&A with Bump Day Drivers, Coca-Cola Stage
  • Noon-6 p.m., Qualifying

Monday, May 21, 2012 & Tuesday, May 22, 2012

  • NO TRACK ACTIVITY

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 500 FESTIVAL COMMUNITY DAY
(No track activity) – $8 advance/$10 gate, 6 and under free

  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 11 a.m., 500 Festival Community Day Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza
  • 11 a.m.-noon, Firestone Indy Lights Driver Autograph Session, Plaza Pavilion 1C/1D
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m., Indy 500 Autograph Session #1 Wristband Distribution, MotoGP Garage 36
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m., Indy 500 Autograph Session #1, Plaza Pavilion 1C/1D
  • 2-3 p.m., Indy 500 Autograph Session #2 Wristband Distribution, MotoGP Garage 36
  • 3-4 p.m., Indy 500 Autograph Session #2, Plaza Pavilion 1C/1D
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., Indy 500 Autograph Session #3 Wristband Distribution, MotoGP Garage 36
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m., Indy 500 Autograph Session #3, Plaza Pavilion 1C/1D

Thursday, May 24, 2012 – FIRESTONE FREEDOM 100 PRACTICE, QUALIFYING
Free

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Firestone Indy Lights Practice
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m., Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying
  • 2:30-4 p.m., Vintage Car Laps

Friday, May 25, 2012 – CARB DAY
$20 admission, 12 and under free

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 10:30-11 a.m., Q&A with IndyCar Crew Members, Coca-Cola Stage
  • 10:45 a.m., Firestone Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza
  • 11 a.m.-noon, Indianapolis 500 Final Practice
  • 12:30 p.m., Firestone Freedom 100 (40 laps)
  • 1:35 p.m., Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
  • 3:30 p.m., Miller Lite Carb Day Concert featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday, May 26, 2012 – LEGENDS DAY HONORING ROGER PENSKE
$10 admission; 12 and under free

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 8:45-9 a.m., Chase Rookie of the Year Candidates Q&A, Coca-Cola Stage
  • 9-10 a.m., 2011 Starting Field/Indy 500 Winners Autograph Session, Pagoda Plaza
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show, Plaza Pavilion 1A/1B
  • 9:30-10:20 a.m., Vintage Car Laps
  • 10:30-11 a.m., Public Drivers Meeting, Tower Terrace
  • 11-11:30 a.m., Q&A with Roger Penske, Coca-Cola Stage
  • 1-4 p.m., Indy 500 Veterans Autograph Session, Pagoda Plaza

Sunday, May 27, 2012 – 96TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE DAY
Tickets start at $30

  • 5:33 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open
  • 7 a.m., Snake Pit Opens
  • 8:30 a.m., Parade of Bands
  • 9:30 a.m., 500 Festival Princesses Lap
  • 11 a.m., Vintage Car Lap
  • 11:10 a.m., Military Tribute Lap
  • 11:30 a.m., Driver Introductions
  • Noon, Start of 96th Indianapolis 500 (200 laps)

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2012 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

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