America’s premier open-wheel car racing series has announced that it has been forced to make adjustments to its calendar due to the negative development of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The most significant changes are the cancellation of the races at Portland International Raceway and doubleheader weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Both decisions were a mutual decisions between the series and the promoters following monitoring of the local situation of the coronavirus pandemic. The series has stressed that it looks forward to returning to both venues in 2021.
In order to fill up the spots on the calendar, three events already scheduled on the series calendar will now become doubleheader weekends. The first of those races will be the Mid-Ohio event that will be staged on August 8-9 with a race on both Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, the race weekends at World Wide Technology Raceway in August and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in October will become doubleheader weekends.
As a result of the change, the Gateway track will hold two races on August 29-30. The Indianapolis Road Course will play host to a double-header on October 2-3, meaning that the legendary circuit holds a total of three races on the road course and an event on the oval configuration in 2020.
Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said.that the changes will not make the revised schedule less exciting as the double-header events have provided plenty of action on both days so far.
“Our race fans have loved the exciting doubleheader action of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this year at Road America and Iowa Speedway, We look forward to giving them even more world-class entertainment this season at three of the most exciting racetracks on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar.”