Damage will put IndyCars on Japan’s road course
The IndyCar Series will run its final race in Japan on the road
course because the egg-shaped oval track has too much damage from
the March earthquakes.
Twin Ring Motegi is scheduled to host its final IndyCar race
Sept. 18. The track is located north of Tokyo.
Series CEO Randy Bernard says track officials will hold the race
after ”closely monitoring” the damage for months. The track is
owned by Mobilityland Corp., a motor unit of Honda.
Raised ridges on the 1.5-mile oval track’s surface have made it
unusable for the race. That prompted the move to the 2.98-mile
natural terrain road course.
Track officials announced this year that this will be the final
race in Japan. Motegi has hosted IndyCar events since 2003.