Indy 500 moved to August 23, 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Due to the coronavirus outbreak that has impacted the entire world, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been forced to move the historic Indianapolis 500 from its May date. The 104th-running of the Indianapolis 500 by Gainbridge will now be run on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020.

“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air on NBC. An official time will be announced at a later date.

Carlin Racing driver Patricio O'Ward drives the No. 31 IndyCar at the REV Group Grand Prix
Patricio O’Ward drives the No. 31 IndyCar at the REV Group Grand Prix (Photo by James Black/IndyCar)

Traditionally, this event is held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak that has caused a pandemic in the world, sporting events have been postponed until later dates.

“The Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of the year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” Roger Penske said. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”

Due to this Indianapolis 500 change, there will be additional changes to the NTT IndyCar Series schedule. There will be practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 12th and 13th. In addition, Fast Friday will be held on August 14th.

Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 will be held on Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th. The qualifying sessions will be held on NBC.

The Indy Lights Freedom 100 race will be held on Friday, August 21st, as part of Miller Lite’s Carb Day.

Due to scheduling changes, the NTT IndyCar Series races for August 16th and August 22nd have been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio has now been moved to August 9th.

In addition, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will now be held following the Indy 500 on August 30th.

The NTT IndyCar Series is now schedule to begin their season in the Streets of Detroit on May 30th and May 31st. Then, on June 6th, the tour will visit the Texas Motor Speedway for their first oval event.

After a week off, the tour will then go to Road America for a road course event. Richmond Raceway will host its first race back on the tour after replacing Pocono Raceway on June 27th.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course event will be held on July 4th. The following weekend, the tour will be North of the Border for the Streets of Toronto event.

Then, on July 18th, the tour will have another oval event at Iowa Speedway.

The month of August features events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 9th. Then, qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 will be held on August 15-16.

The Indianapolis 500 will then be held on August 23rd. Following the Indianapolis 500, the tour will round out the summer at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Following August, there will be three races left on the schedule. The tour will go to Portland International Raceway on August 13th.

The very next weekend — the original season-ending race before the postponements — teams will compete at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The postponed Streets of St. Petersburg event will now be the season-ending event. However, a new date has not been announced for that venue at this time.

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