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INDYCAR adjusts schedule, adds doubleheaders

July 29, 2020


As expected the NTT INDYCAR SERIES has updated its schedule – again – joining many other sports leagues in catering to its long-held constituency.

By shortening the entire schedule to 14 races and by making next weekend’s Honda Indy 200 a doubleheader, INDYCAR will stay close to its midwestern roots by holding all but one of its remaining eight races in either Ohio, Indiana or Illinois. The sole outlier in the season finale, held where recent NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedules normally begin: at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Following the brace of races in Lexington, OH the INDYCAR contingent returns home to Indianapolis for the 104th Indianapolis 500, with qualifying on August 15-16 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s historic oval and the postponed Greatest Spectacle in Racing, held the following Sunday. Then it’s a short jaunt to St Louis, where World Wide Technology Raceway’s 1.25-mile oval hosts the open-wheel set for a pair of Bommarito Automotive Group races on August 29-30.

Two additional races will be held on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, with the doubleheader INDYCAR Harvest GP contests scheduled for October 2-3. INDYCAR’s trip to Florida is set to close out the season on October 25, smack in the middle of hurricane season. Spring weather in St Petersburg has customarily yielded at least one day of precipitation; it’s the series’ hope that INDYCAR can hold the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as scheduled.

“Our race fans have loved the exciting doubleheader action of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this year at Road America and Iowa Speedway,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. “We look forward to giving them even more world-class entertainment this season at three of the most exciting racetracks on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar.”

The novel coronavirus pandemic that causes COVID-19 has caused INDYCAR’s visits to two iconic road courses, Portland International Raceway and the planned doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway laguna Seca to be cancelled. This three-race cancellation is a mutual decision between the series and track promoters. There has been monitoring of local situations and INDYCAR looks forward to returning to both venues next year.

By Anne Proffit

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  1. “This three-race cancellation is a mutual decision between the series and track promoters.” It makes me sad but seems like a very responsible decision. dRU

  2. It’s still sad, as are all the cancellations around the world… I do think INDYCAR is smart to keep most of its races in the midwest because that is its prime constituency…

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