INDIANAPOLIS — NASCAR, the ball is in your court. As we sit here on the last Thursday of March, the only sport with anything scheduled between now and Memorial Day is them. NASCAR’s next race will be May 9 at the Martinsville (VA) Speedway. But, that could definitely change in the coming days or weeks.
On Thursday, the NTT IndyCar Series announced that they will move the Month of May festivities for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back. The GMR Grand Prix will run on July 4 with the Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23.
The IndyCar season opener will be May 30 on the streets of Belle Isle. Same for IMSA as they announced on Tuesday some of their revisions with them opening on the same day on the same track.
Formula One announced on Monday that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be postponed, moving the season opener now to June 14 in Montreal. They did say too that when they do return to action, their plan is to race 16-18 events and do so by going in December. Right now, 14 races are on the schedule unaffected with another eight being postponed or canceled. If they run 16-18, then 4-6 races will be canceled at the end of this. So far, Australia, Bahrain, China, Vietnam, Netherlands, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan have been called off. Out of those races, we know that Australia and Monaco are canceled and won’t run this year. Out of the other six, if all goes to plan, 2-4 of them will get to run while the rest will be shut down too.
See, these racing series’ are having to adapt. The annual summer break for F1 is actually being used now. They plan to race through that original three week gap to make up some of these races.
Their start as of now is June 14 in Montreal. The second race though is the French Grand Prix (June 28) but that race is in doubt because the 24 Hours of Le Mans has already been postponed to September and that race was slated to run a week prior to F1’s visit. From there, it’s to Austria (July 5), England (July 19) and Hungary (Aug. 2) before three full weeks off. Those three weeks will be used to fill some gaps, so can those gaps between Austria and England and England and Hungary.
On Wednesday, the NHRA announced that they had revised their schedule to start 7 for the Gatornationals. Their revised schedule will consist of 19 races, 17 of them being when we get back going in June. Their biggest difference is there’s no more Countdown in 2020, they’ll just run the season on points accumulated throughout the entire year.
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced on Tuesday schedule updates for three 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events.
- The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio has been moved to the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2020. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3.
- The IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been moved up one weekend to run on Sept. 4-6. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 11-13. This date adjustment was made to accommodate IMSA competitors planning to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which now will run on Sept. 19-20.
- The 23rdannual Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has been moved back one week and now will run Oct. 14-17 to provide teams a more balanced schedule as the season comes to its conclusion. The original dates of the event were Oct. 7-10.
These three event date changes are in addition to the previously announced reschedule of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, which now is set for Nov. 11-14. Previously purchased tickets for all four events will be valid on the new dates.
IndyCar is the only one though with a full schedule announced at this point.
Updated 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Schedule
|Saturday, May 30||Streets of Detroit Race 1|
|Sunday, May 31||Streets of Detroit Race 2|
|Saturday, June 6||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Sunday, June 21||Road America|
|Saturday, June 27||Richmond Raceway|
|Saturday, July 4||Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course|
|Sunday, July 12||Streets of Toronto|
|Saturday, July 18||Iowa Speedway|
|Sunday, Aug. 9||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|
|Sunday, Aug. 23||Indianapolis 500 Mile Race|
|Sunday, Aug. 30||World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway|
|Sunday, Sept. 13||Portland International Raceway|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca|
|TBD Expected Finale||Streets of St. Petersburg|