While the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule remains unconfirmed officially, the Edmonton Indy – the race on the Alberta, Canada, city's City Centre Airport – has fixed plans for the 2012 edition of its event. Francois Dumontier, president and CEO of Octane Motorsports Events and promoter of the Edmonton Indy, confirmed Tuesday that the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will return for next year's race weekend, scheduled for July 20-22, having been absent from the race after it was reinstated last year following a one-year hiatus. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear will also race at Edmonton for the first time.
"We are pleased to bring back a crowd favorite, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, on our 2012 Edmonton Indy program. I know the fans on site greatly appreciated the series' presence in the years preceding the 2011 hiatus," said Dumontier. "The good news is that Canada's best stock car drivers will once again have the opportunity to enter an exciting race in Edmonton, and discover our new race course."
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series was a feature race on the Edmonton Champ Car or IndyCar weekend from 2007 to 2010. Andrew Ranger earned pole position on three occasions and won the 2009 race (ABOVE), while J.R. Fitzpatrick was a winner in 2007 and 2010, the year he also earned the pole. IndyCar's Alex Tagliani won the 2008 event.