By: Tanner Watkins
May 21, 2020 | 4:00 PM
After reports of further NTT IndyCar Series schedule alterations began to surface on Wednesday, the sanctioning body confirmed on Thursday that both the events at Richmond Raceway and in the streets of Toronto, Canada have been canceled.
Road America – who was originally scheduled to run in June – has seen their open-wheel racing weekend has shifted to July while adding a race to the menu.
The INDYCAR REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR will now run from July 10 to 12, with races on both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. The 640-acre facility will allow free admission on all days to active-duty first responders, and they still plan to hold the event with fans in attendance.
“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,” said Mike Kertscher, Road America president and general manager.
“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.”
It was announced earlier in the week that Toronto city officials had canceled most large gatherings through this summer, and of course that had an effect on the Honda Indy Toronto. A street circuit race with lots of lead time – and a tear-down calendar – it is difficult to find replacement dates for these events, which is why the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was not rescheduled for 2020.
One street circuit event from earlier in the season has found an official date. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the original season-opener, has been slotted in for Sunday, October 25 as the new season finale race. It will be run more than seven months after its original date in March, and INDYCAR still plans to run at St. Pete to open the 2021 season.
Finally, the highly-anticipated return to Richmond Raceway will have to wait at least one more year for INDYCAR. The June 27 event under the lights was canceled outright due to local restrictions prohibiting professional sporting events, so the sanctioning body will go to work with 2021 in mind for the Virginia short track.
The Genesys 300 remains the season-opener for the NTT IndyCar Series, planned for Saturday, June 6.
“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.”
Header image by James Black/INDYCAR.