INDIANAPOLIS – The NTT IndyCar Series released an updated calendar on Thursday that includes a doubleheader at Road America and the cancellation of the event at Richmond Raceway as well as Honda Indy Toronto.
The Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway remains the season opener with a night race on the 1.5-mile oval Saturday, June 6. The next race on the IndyCar calendar will be the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday, July 4.
“Our teams and athletes are ready to get back on track and will deliver world-class action at Texas Motor Speedway and the Racing Capital of the World,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. “We appreciate the opportunity to begin our season during these unprecedented times, and I’m confident we’ll put on a great show.”
The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America has been rescheduled from June 21 to July 11-12, becoming a doubleheader with championship points races Saturday and Sunday on the iconic, 4-mile road course.
“We’re set for a can’t-miss motorsports doubleheader at America’s National Park of Speed as we pay tribute to America’s First Responders, Police, Fire, and EMS at the REV Group Grand Prix Presented by AMR all weekend with free admission at the gate with valid ID,” said Mike Kertscher, Road America’s President and General Manager. “Our vast 640-acre outdoor facility is widely regarded as the safest place to watch a race because fans are not dedicated to a seat and can roam freely around the property to find their favorite viewing location.
“We’ve also added more hand sanitizing stations while partnering with local brands such as Guy & O’Neill to supply us with disinfecting wipes for use in high-touch common areas, and CTECH Manufacturing to install polycarbonate sneeze guards at various locations. We also offer Print at Home ticketing, so fans can enjoy a contactless experience at the gates. Simply buy, print, scan, enter, and enjoy America’s National Park of Speed. Above all else, we appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility as we made schedule adjustments caused by COVID-19. We also extend our thanks to IndyCar for embracing this new doubleheader schedule to give our fans and our frontline heroes a memorable experience that they have patiently been waiting for.”
Two events have been canceled for 2020 due to local restrictions surrounding the pandemic: the Indy Richmond 300 on Saturday, June 27 at Richmond Raceway and the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 12 on the streets of Toronto.
The Honda Indy Toronto event date was called into question last week when Mayor John Tory canceled the permit for the event in the interest of public safety.
The season finale will be the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25, a new date recently announced after the originally scheduled season opener March 15 in St. Pete was postponed due to the global health crisis.