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IndyCar makes Toronto race a doubleheader on 2013 sched

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The Associated Press
9/30/2012 9:56:05 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Toronto may be the only Canadian city the IndyCar Series visits, but there will still be two races.

IndyCar announced its schedule for 2013 on Sunday, including a doubleheader race in Toronto.

Detroit will also get back-to-back races and the open-wheel series will return to Pocono Raceway and add Houston -- also a double bill -- to its 19-race schedule.

"Toronto is a great venue for a doubleheader event," said IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard in a statement. "Fans can always count on great on-track action, heated tempers and flag-to-flag drama when the IZOD IndyCar Series races on the streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place.

"The fact we'll get to do it twice this year will certainly entertain everyone."

The July 7 race at Pocono will be a 400-miler and be included in a Triple Crown challenge by IndyCar. A US$1 million bonus will go to the driver who can win the Indianapolis 500, Pocono and the Oct. 19 finale at Fontana.

A $250,000 bonus will be awarded if a driver wins two of the three Triple Crown events.

The season opens March 24 at St. Petersburg, and returns to 14 of the 15 venues it visited in 2012. Off the schedule is Edmonton, which lost its sponsor and was folded.

Pocono Raceway last hosted an IndyCar race in 1989.

Toronto Indy (Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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