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Smith has been more outspoken, questioning why IndyCar is now concerned about one of its strongest venues. Although he was pleased to have Las Vegas resolved, Smith urged Bernard to make a decision on Texas soon.

“We’re good to go on Las Vegas, and we’ll still race the road course at (SMI-owned) Infineon, but I don’t know what he’s done with Eddie,” Smith said. “Eddie is getting very frustrated and wants this resolved.”

Texas last year hosted a highly-trumpeted twinbill by splitting its 500-mile race into a pair of 250-milers. Gossage has indicated he’d like another twinbill, perhaps with tweaks over length of the races or points awarded.

Not including Texas, the schedule currently has 14 events that have been previously announced by the tracks or the series. There’s some concern over the Labor Day weekend event at Baltimore because the current promoters are saddled in debt and likely will have to give up control of the event in order for it to continue

IndyCar has not indicated when it will announce its 2012 schedule or if it will replace Las Vegas. Should Bernard not find something to slot in as a new season finale, the season would end in early September at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.