Indianapolis 500 postponed until August due to coronavirus crisis

Indy 500 postponed to August Indy GP to run as NASCAR double-header on July 4	
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Another major US sporting event is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic: the 2020 Indianapolis 500.

"For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan", Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said.

"After careful consideration, including regular communication with our event promoters, health officials, and the city administrations in our respective race markets regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all NTT IndyCar Series events through April", the series organizers said in statement March 13.

The GMR Grand Prix has also been rescheduled to July 4 from May 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

However, now GMR Grand Prix will be an even more patriotic event on Independence Day, July 4, with the Indy 500 now on August 23, the first time it has not been held in May in its 109-year history.

According IndyCar, enhanced measures like higher frequency of cleaning, more hand-sanitizing stations and reducing hand-to-hand interactions between staff and customers will be in place when activity resumes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Nonetheless, the well being and security of our occasion contributors and spectators is our prime precedence, and we imagine that suspending the occasion is the accountable resolution with the situations and restrictions we face", he stated. It was announced this week that Indianapolis 500 will have to reschedule now.

World War I forced the cancellation of the 1917 and 1918 Indy 500s, and a few decades later, World War II brought about the longest void for the great race as the Brickyard went silent from 1942-1945. "It will still be the Indy 500.I never thought we'd see it like this, but all of the sports field has been affected".

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Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said the series chose the August date to get away from extended delays caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

"This August, we'll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19".

Miles additionally thanked NBC, which took over broadcasting the marquee race simply final 12 months from ABC.

The season-opener was initially set up for March 15 inSt Petersburg, Florida, where Indy Cars and truck had actually meant to run the race before vacant grandstands however terminated it 2 days prior to it was due to be held. The opening race is now listed as Could 30 at Detroit, however the schedule is in flux. St. Pete now is listed at the bottom of the schedule with no date listed.

Races at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Long Beach, California will not be rescheduled.

There will be practice sessions August 12 and 13, with Fast Friday then qualifying on Saturday and Sunday. The next week is darkish till Aug. 20, with the ultimate Indianapolis 500 observe on Friday, Aug. 21 as a part of Carb Day.

The exact timeline is still being finalized, but the plan is for IndyCar to run its race on Saturday with the Xfinity Series race to immediately follow.

The Indy 500 is the biggest race on the U.S. motorsport calendar, and attracts around 300,000 spectators.

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