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.