The IZOD IndyCar Series confirmed early Monday that the current 15-race schedule will remain intact without an addition race to replace the canceled event in China.
"After carefully considering all possible options for an additional race, we felt it was in our best interest to keep our schedule at its current 15-event lineup," said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. "We want to make sure that when we add events to our roster they have long-term potential and are given every opportunity to be successfully promoted. The more we explored, the more we felt like we were rushing what could be good, long-lasting opportunities for the sport.
"I thank all of the promoters who entertained the possibility of hosting the IZOD IndyCar Series this season. It certainly validated what we already knew - there's a lot of interest from venues across North America in hosting our sport."
The league also announced that the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California will be ran at a 500-mile distance.
"We wanted to do something special to enhance the excitement to the season finale and renew the tradition of 500-mile open-wheel races in Southern California," said Bernard. "We think it's something our fans will enjoy and adds another element to what is already shaping up to be an exciting championship battle."