It’s official! The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which was due to take place on May 24 has been postponed until Auguat 23 as a result of the COVID 19 global pandemic. Speaking about the announcement, NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske said:
The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500. “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.”
It has also been confirmed that the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis will now take place on Independence Day, Saturday July 4. Speaking about the date change, Penske Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Mark Miles said:
Memorial Day weekend has always provided Indianapolis 500 fans an opportunity to honor the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our nation’s freedom. “This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation, and we extend our thanks to NBC for its terrific partnership and diligent work to maximize broadcast coverage with this new schedule.
It is the first time since World War 2 that the Indianapolis 500 has run on a date other then its traditional date. For further information visit http://IMS.COM