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Another blow

If you look closely enough -- and allow your imagination to perform a few calisthenics -- you can almost see it these days, hovering over IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard's head like a dripping sponge.

Man carries around his own private rain cloud. Swear to God.

The latest rain on Bernard's parade comes from China, where IndyCar had a race all lined up that everyone hoped would crack open an immensely lucrative new market. Alas, it's not to be.

The new mayor of Qingdao, the race's presumptive site, has pulled the plug on the event.

And so the run of bad luck goes on for Bernard, whose series can't seem to get through a week without something bad happening to balance any good that also happens. The latest was at Texas last week, where the pre-race inspection failed to detect illegal parts on winner Justin Wilson's sidepods, leading to a fine and docking of points.

This after race officials were hailed for their decision, in the same event, to penalize Will Power for blocking Tony Kanaan.

One good thing; one bad thing. So it goes.

Ben Smith's blog.