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Las Vegas loses IndyCar race

Las Vegas loses IndyCar race
Fans take pictures and leave mementos at a memorial service for race car driver and two time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Oct. 23, 2011. UPI /Mark Cowan | License Photo

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of a 15-car crash in October that took the life of Dan Wheldon, lost its place in the IndyCar series Thursday.

IndyCar officials announced the speedway would be dropped from the series next season.

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"We feel we need to give our technical team ample time to conduct thorough testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, once we complete our ongoing investigation into the 15-car accident during the Oct. 16 race at the track," IndyCar Chief Executive Officer Randy Bernard said in a statement released in Indianapolis.

Wheldon, two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, died when his car left the ground, sailed into a catch fence on the second turn of the track, and burst into flames.

The complete 2012 IndyCar schedule has yet to be announced.

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