BHA skipped the IndyCar race in Brazil and switched back to Honda for the Indianapolis 500, where Tagliani finished all 200 laps and was in 12th place. He was 10th last week at Belle Isle after qualifying third.
GOING TO CHINA?: IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said he’s close to resolving both the August race in China _ he has admitted it may not happen, and suggested an answer “could be three or four days” away _ and whether or not the series will move forward with its plans to introduce aero kits next season.
Team owners are vehemently against the aero kits, citing additional costs.
Although Bernard has pushed for the aero kits and has deposits from three unidentified manufacturers, he seems to have cooled on them since a meeting last weekend at Belle Isle with the team owners. He cited the strong competition with the new Dallara DW12 through six races this year as reason to hold off on aero kits.
“This car has raced so well this year, is the aero kit that important?” he asked.
As for China, Bernard said he has an option if the race is scrapped, but it would likely become the new season finale. California on Sept. 15 is currently the scheduled finale, a spot it inherited when IndyCar canceled Las Vegas after Wheldon’s death.
“There is a possibility of that, I am not ruling that out,” Bernard said, adding track president Gillian Zucker has inquired about the schedule.
“Unfortunately, until we have resolution on this, I’ve been very careful. I think Gillian has done a great job promoting and I want to make sure she has a very successful event.”
SPARKPLUGS: The start of the race was delayed by a few minutes after a worker helping dismantle the stage used for prerace activities was injured. Track officials said the man was treated and released from the infield care center. … Fan Force United has signed USAC standout Bryan Clauson to drive in Indy Lights races at Milwaukee and Iowa the next two weekends. Clauson finished 30th in the Indianapolis 500 last month. … Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was a guest of Marco Andretti. … The command to start engines was given by A.J. Foyt, whose call was, “Boys and girls, start your engines.”
AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer contributed to this report.