Citing local restrictions because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IndyCar has canceled its races this season at Richmond Raceway and on the streets of Toronto.
The NTT Series also moved the June 21 event at Road America to the July 11-12 weekend (which formerly was occupied by Toronto) as a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader
The news of the schedule changes initially was reported Wednesday night by RACER.com.
IndyCar will open its season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway with practice, qualifying and a Saturday night race (coverage on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSN).
Toronto had announced last weekend that it was withdrawing permits for major events through August.
Richmond had been scheduled to hold a June 27 race that would have marked its first IndyCar event since 2009.
Here’s the release from IndyCar:
INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2020) – An updated 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule was released today, displaying calendar adjustments implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway remains the season opener with a night race on the 1.5-mile oval Saturday, June 6. The next race on the INDYCAR calendar will be the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday, July 4.
“Our teams and athletes are ready to get back on track and will deliver world-class action at Texas Motor Speedway and the Racing Capital of the World,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. “We appreciate the opportunity to begin our season during these unprecedented times, and I’m confident we’ll put on a great show.”
The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America has been rescheduled from June 21 to July 11-12, becoming a double-header with championship points races Saturday and Sunday on the iconic, 4-mile road course.
Two events have been canceled for 2020 due to local restrictions surrounding the pandemic: the Indy Richmond 300 on Saturday, June 27 at Richmond Raceway and the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 12 on the streets of Toronto.
The season finale will be the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25, a new date recently announced after the originally scheduled season opener March 15 in St. Pete was postponed due to the global health crisis.