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Last updated on Friday, December 23, 2011
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - A preliminary 2012 Izod IndyCar Series schedule was released on Thursday.
The season gets underway on March 25th with a race through the streets of St. Petersburg.
The Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday, May 27th and the schedule boasts a first-ever race in China on August 19th.
There are currently 15 races on the schedule, but IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard says they are in the process of confirming a 16th race and are also considering adding a 17th event to the calendar.
The season is currently scheduled to end September 15th at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Auto Club Speedway has not hosted an IndyCar event since 2005.
The series is also returning to Belle Isle in Detroit for the first time in four years.
Fontana is one of three night races currently on the schedule along with the race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9th and the race at Iowa Speedway on June 23rd.
There will be a preseason open test at Sebring International Raceway in early March.
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