IRL decides to come back to Fontana for closer of 2013 season

The 2013 Izod IndyCar Series schedule will end again at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Oct. 19, the finale of a 19-race schedule that includes its annual stop in Long Beach on April 21, the league announced.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said during the announcement on Speed Channel on Sunday night that the fans “love the fact that IndyCar ended their series at an oval” this season, and the league decided it was “important for us to continue.”

The 19 races is up from 15 a year ago and is highlighted by a return to Pocono Raceway after 24 years, as well as a new street course in Houston.

There are three doubleheaders on the schedule — two races at the same track on a Saturday and Sunday. Those will be June 1-2 at Belle Isle, July 13-14 in Toronto and Oct. 5-6 in Houston.

NBC Sports Network will do 13 of the races, with the other six on ABC, including the May 26 Indianapolis 500. ABC has its six telecasts in a seven week schedule from May 26 to July 7.

There is also a “triple crown” promotion where a driver winning at Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana receives a $1 million bonus. Wins at two of three is worth $250,000.

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