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According to local Indianapolis newspaper the Indianapolis Star, the Izod IndyCar Series will return to Detroit next season.
The city council approved the return today and it seems like Belle Isle will return to the schedule.
As of now the race is scheduled to be run the first weekend in June and race day will be June 3, 2012. The Grand Prix of Belle Isle will be the first race run after the Indianapolis 500.
Next year will be the first time the Izod IndyCar Series returns to Belle Isle since 2008.
I believe that this deal was done to keep new engine supplier Chevrolet happy.
Chevrolet returns to the Izod IndyCar series as an engine supplier next season and where would you want to stage an event to make an engine supplier happy? Of course the motor city.
I think it's only fair that if Detroit is added back to the schedule, then you need to keep Twin Ring Motegi. Motegi is the Honda test track and Honda has been extremely loyal to the Izod IndyCar Series by supplying engines for years.
It was also announced that this is the last year the series will go to Japan, which is upsetting because those fans are passionate about IndyCar racing and deserve to keep their race.