The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) reported today. The 104th release of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air live on NBC, with the official green banner opportunity to be declared sometime in the future.
“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my preferred season, and like our fans, I am baffled that we have needed to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” Roger Penske said. “In any case, the wellbeing and security of our occasion members and onlookers is our top need, and we accept that deferring the occasion is the capable choice with the conditions and limitations we are confronting. We will keep on concentrating on ways we can upgrade the client involvement with the months ahead, and I’m certain we will invite fans with a changed office and a worldwide exhibition when we run the world’s most prominent race.”
“Remembrance Day weekend has consistently given Indianapolis 500 fans a chance to respect the people who have battled and relinquished for our country’s opportunity,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. “This August, we’ll likewise have a one of a kind and ground-breaking chance to respect the commitments and chivalry of the specialists, medical caretakers, people on call and National Guard individuals serving on the bleeding edges of the battle against COVID-19. We’re appreciative for the tolerance of our fans as we’ve explored this circumstance, and we stretch out our gratitude to NBC for its marvelous association and persistent work to expand communicate inclusion with this new calendar.”
On target activity in August will start at IMS with training meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13, trailed by Fast Friday on Aug. 14 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16. Every day of capabilities will be broadcast on NBC, giving more system inclusion of capabilities for fans than in 2019. A full communicated calendar will be discharged soon.
The next week’s calendar will start with hot refueling break practice meetings on Thursday, Aug. 20 and incorporate Indy Lights practice and qualifying. The Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, an altogether extended Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and last Indianapolis 500 practice will happen on Friday, Aug. 21 as a major aspect of Miller Lite Carb Day, trailed by the open drivers’ gathering and full-field signature meeting on Saturday, Aug. 22 as a feature of Legends Day introduced by Firestone.
Because of the calendar changes at IMS, the INDYCAR races booked for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 have been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is presently booked for Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is currently booked for Aug. 30. A refreshed 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule is accessible at this connection and can likewise be found at the base of this discharge.