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But questions remain about Las Vegas’ future on the IndyCar schedule.

Bernard had a three-year lease agreement with the track to stage the season finale at Las Vegas through 2013 but came to an agreement with SMI last week to buy out next year’s portion of the contract.

“I think Las Vegas is a great city, a resort destination, and our fans and sponsors _ everyone loves the city,” Bernard said. “But I don’t want to go back there if the conditions aren’t right, it isn’t safe, for our race cars.”

IndyCar plans on judging all high-banked ovals individually going forward and said the Wheldon accident could not be blamed on the banking. That leaves room for a deal to be worked out with Texas Motor Speedway, one of the most popular venues on the IndyCar schedule.

No sanctioning agreement between Texas and IndyCar has been worked out, but Bernard indicated he’d like to have the 2012 schedule announced by Friday.

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