IndyCar won't replace China race

IndyCar will not replace its canceled China race, leaving the season schedule at 15 events.

IndyCar will not replace its canceled China race, leaving the season schedule at 15 events.

IndyCar had been exploring a replacement since announcing earlier this month that event organizers had canceled the Aug. 19 race in China. Among the options was a race at Road America, but the track had a Sunday night deadline for an agreement.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard says the series wants to add events that have long-term potential and can be successfully promoted. A rushed event simply to keep the schedule at 16 races made no sense.

Series sponsor Izod says it supports IndyCar's decision not to add a 16th race, which is required as part of its deal. Mike Kelly of Izod's marketing group says the sponsor did not want IndyCar to add a ''quick fix.'' The finale is Sept. 15 at California.