The NTT IndyCar Series announced on Monday that the season opening Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix double header which was due to serve as the 2020 season opener from May 29 to May 31 has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID 19 global pandemic.
The 2020 season has been revamped with a third event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway being schedule on the road course with the IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix set to take place on October 3.
It has also been confirmed that the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway will be a double header with a second race taking place on Friday 17 July with the original race going ahead on Saturday 18 July. The NTT IndyCar Series also announced that the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will now be a double header weekend on the 19 and the 20 September.
The season is still scheduled to end in October with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation Mark Miles said:
“We’re committed to bringing fans as much on-track action as possible. “Our updated schedule features additional racing at fan-favorite venues and adds to the total number of events on our calendar. The COVID-19 situation continues to be dynamic and challenging for everyone, so we have developed contingency plans which will allow us to respond to changing conditions. Our goal is to preserve as much racing competition as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our participants and spectators.”
Miles went on to say:
Like our fans, we’re disappointed we won’t be racing in Detroit this year. “However, we’re excited to return to Belle Isle in 2021 and know we’ll put on a great show for everyone when we do. We also appreciate the flexibility and support of our event promoters at Iowa Speedway and Laguna Seca, who have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to host double-headers.”
The season is now set to begin with the Genesys 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6.