The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT IndyCar Series announced schedule changes on Thursday including the postponement of the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which was due to take place on May w4 and will now take place on August 23.
In a statement released on Friday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Executive Director Betsy Smith said:
Dear IMS Museum Supporters and Friends:
First and foremost, the IMS Museum staff and I hope that you and your families remain healthy and coping well during this challenging moment in our history. I also want to offer our sincere and heartfelt appreciation for everyone who has offered moral and financial support to the Museum, via donation or new and renewed memberships, while we remain closed.
Due to the incredible and continuing local, state and federal efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the IMS Museum will remain closed on an “until further notice” basis. Our staff is monitoring the recommendations of public health officials and maintaining communications with Indianapolis Motor Speedway management.
Needless to say, we are as eager to reopen as you are to have the IMS Museum open, and will endeavor to offer our tours, our exhibit “From the Vault presented by Bank of America,” and the balance of our treasured collection as soon as appropriately possible.
Schedule Changes: You’re likely aware by now that IMS and NTT IndyCar Series management announced March 26 that 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge activities are moving to August 12-23, and the GMR Grand Prix is moving to July 3-4.
For the Museum, this means our major “Month of May” events—the Corvette Pace Car Homecoming, Historic Racing Exhibition, Hall of Fame Day Legends Autograph Session, and the IMS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Special Recognition Dinner presented by Firestone and other scheduled member events—will either move or be cancelled. Our goal is to move everything to August, but we ask for your patience as we work with IMS and outside vendors to make this unprecedented Indy 500 a success. We will share new information as soon as it is available.
Bored? Looking for Educational tools? Find us online! For families and race fans sheltering at home, the Museum staff is working hard to keep your children occupied and everyone else entertained. Brand new to our website – www.indyracingmuseum.org – are educational resources for young children and a growing 3-D image gallery of items in our collection! Currently we have downloadable and printable activities and lesson plans (grades 3-6) available by clicking on the “Learn More” tab, then selecting the “Education” icon.
Our staff is also very busy posting historic videos, interviews with IMS legends as well as present-day discussions about our featured exhibits, and other fun multimedia. It’s available on our YouTube channel (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum”) and at the @IMSMuseum page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Again, we wish you continued good health, rest and quality time with your loved ones, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum very soon.