The NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have said that they will do everything in their power to run both the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th running of the Indianapolis presented by Gainbridge as normal in May.
This is of no comfort to fans and suppliers who are hoping to travel to the race from within Europe due to travel ban to the US which has no time frame, running the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May is not guaranteed given the severity of the current COVID 19 pandemic.
Two of motorsports biggest events have been disrupted by COVID 19 with Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix being cancelled. The FIA World Endurance Championship have postponed the 24 Hours Of LeMans which was due to take place from June 13/14 but will now take place from 18/19 September 2020.
The NTT IndyCar Series like everything else in the world at the moment is in lockdown with many teams having temporarily closed their race shops.
The open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the end of April has been cancelled and testing has been cancelled up until May 10.
The GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis is due to take place on May 9 with the Indy 500 due to take place on May 24. The Centre For Disease Control has put out an advisory suggesting that public gatherings of ten people or more be postponed over the next eight weeks.
There is so much uncertainty at the moment that it might be an idea for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to say right we will hold the Indianapolis 500 over the Labor Day weekend which would be Sunday September 6.
If series officials elect to postpone the race until the Labor Day weekend it would be very simple to do this as with tickets having been dispatched to many fans already they can easily send out an email or message via social media to the effect of
Due to the current unprecedented and uncertain times it has been decided amongst the teams, series officials, Firestone, Chevrolet, Honda and our broadcast partners to postpone the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge until September 6.
For everyone who has tickets for the race they would be honoured for Labor Day weekend however at this moment in time we don’t know what will happen but it is highly likely that the NTT IndyCar Series will look to extend the season.
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