The Penske Corporation have announced a number of temporary layoffs within the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway according to reports in the United States on Sunday as a direct result of COVID 19.

In a memo to his 60,000 employees, company founder Roger Penske said that the organisation will continue to monitor the situation and following government directives relating to the COVID 19 global pandemic.

Paddock Eye has learnt that construction work which was ongoing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been suspended.

The news last week that the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge have been rescheduled for later in the year.

The Penske Corporation expect the layoffs to last for up to 60 days but have advised that it may be extended beyond this point.

The news of the temporary layoffs comes after the President of the United States Of America, Donald Trump announced that he was extending social distancing measures which were due to end on Monday until April 30.

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season is sue to get under from May 30 with Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear double header.

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled from May 24 to August 23.

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