China is a huge market, not just for automakers, but for all sorts of American businesses. Those include sponsors involved with racing series like IndyCar. When those sponsors told IndyCar that they wanted to see racing in China, series organizers sprung to action. As a result, the IZOD IndyCar Series will visit world's second largest economy next season.

The race is scheduled for August 19, 2012, on the streets of Qingdao, a coastal city on the Yellow Sea situated between Beijing and Shanghai. Known as China's Switzerland due to its historic German and French influences, Qingdao hosted the sailing competitions for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Until a more permanent venue can be constructed, the race will be held on a temporary 3.87-mile street circuit.

It replaces the race at Motegi in Japan – the only race in Asia ever held by a major American open-wheel series (CART, Champ Car or IndyCar) – which was campaigned for the last time this season. The majority of the remaining races on next year's calendar will all be contested in the United States, save for Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Toronto and Edmonton races in Canada. The development coincides with the emergence this year of Ho-Pin Tung as the first Chinese driver in American open-wheel racing, which should make the Qingdao race even more compelling for local fans.


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      Al Terego
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Moan, groan, moan...China blahblahblah". Now that that's out of the way carry on with sensible comments.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep buying Chinese goods people while complaining about the environment. 15 super cargo ships pollute as much as all the cars in the world. Hypocrits. Want to save the planet? Stop shopping at Walmart!!!
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        And start buying the Chinese made goods at Target and Amazon? Get over it, most consumer grade products are made in BRIC nations, and the things that aren't are made in even poorer places like Bangladesh or Malaysia. Look at your clothing labels, where exactly are you going to buy made in the USA clothes unless you're spending hundreds per article of clothing? The US has moved onto manufacturing largely commercial grade products where prices are much higher, the only exception being cars where they're consumer products but expensive enough that manufacturing them here still makes sense.
        LinusTechTips
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        have fun with it
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why some makeshift street track instead of the Twin Ring Motegi?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Uh Twin Ring Motegi is not only an oval track, but it's also in Japan.
          hmmwv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Elmo is right, they are moving to China because the sponsor will make more money.
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          That's what I'm saying, why not the Motegi circuit in Japan? There's no reason to go to china, especially since they don't have a track, other than to make them feel better about themselves. As if they'll be impressed by the sponsor companies for bringing the race there; they couldn't care less.
        iKingston
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        You're joking, right?
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      They only ran the japan race because of honda. They are running the China race because that is where most of the Izod apparel is manufactured.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Mostly everything in the world is manufactured in China. So I don't see your point. So does NASCAR race at Kansas because that's where the Sprint headquarters are? It's called broadening the sport. Bringing the sport to markets where it's not as popular. Also, if they ran at Twin Ring just because the main engine supplier was Honda, then whyisn't it sponsored by Honda? It's called the Indy Japan 300. How about explaining why they raced there when Chevy, Ford, Toyota, and Honda were the engine suppliers? You could also explain why they'll be racing there next year with numerous engine suppliers coming into the sport, with the addition of the new cars.