The IndyCar GP in Detroit has been canceled, but the Iowa and Laguna Seca are now double headed and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a second road race in October.
These are the latest schedule changes announced on Monday by Roger Penske and IndyCar in an attempt to try to overwhelm the coronavirus and save the 2020 season.
As RACER.com reported a week ago, IndyCar’s chances of opening the season in Detroit’s Belle Isle on May 30 and 31 seemed shaky, and the cap ultimately had to be removed on the double title today ‘hui.
“Detroit is locked out and track preparation must start in April, so we had no choice but to cancel,” said Penske, whose promotional efforts and improvements had transformed this race on a major weekend on the Detroit sports scene.
But the Iowa Speedway, Laguna Seca and IMS stepped up to give IndyCar a chance to have another 15 races.
Originally set for the evening of Saturday July 18e, Iowa is being banked, the arenas will now start on Friday evening to give IndyCar its first ever two-day oval event. In 1979, CART ran three double oval heads in Trenton, Atlanta and Michigan, but they were all on the same day. Ditto for Atlanta in 1981. Texas also organized two races in one evening in 2011.
Laguna Seca, positioned to be the final of the season before the pandemic, will now host the Saturday and Sunday races (September 19-20) on the picturesque Monterey road course.
“We have contingency plans to take into account all of the possibilities, such as when we could start racing, and when we asked Iowa and Laguna for a second race, they loved the idea,” said Mark Miles, President of Penske Entertainment.
“A third race at Indianapolis seemed completely natural to me, since we had already organized the eight-hour GT World Challenge this weekend. We may not be in as many cities, but we can invent these races with the help of our promoters. “
IndyCar will share billing with NASCAR’s Xfinity series on July 3 during IMS route, then run 104e Indianapolis 500 August 23rd. The Harvest Grand Prix is the name of the Speedway race on October 3.
As it stands, Texas opens the season on June 6 and Miles says he still expects St. Petersburg to host the final in mid-October.
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