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    The Indy 500 has been postponed and rescheduled for August 23 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Organizers from IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the Indy 500 would not take place on May 24, it’s traditional spot on the motor racing calendar during Memorial Day weekend.

    The Indy 500, dubbed “the greatest spectacle in racing”, has been moved to August. It marks the first time the race will not take place on Memorial Day weekend since 1946.

    Roger Penske said: “The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indy 500.”

    “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.”

    The GMR Grand Prix will now transition to July 4 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. It will make up part of a historic double-header with an IndyCar Series and NASCAR racing at the same track on the same weekend for the first time. The GMR Grand Prix was originally slated for May 9.

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”

    Indy 500 new schedule revealed

    Indy 500 practise sessions will take place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 12-13. Fast Friday is on August 14 with Indy 500 qualifying session on Saturday and Sunday August 15-16.

    Hot pit-stop practice sessions will take place the following Thursday, August 20. This includes Indy Lights practice and qualifying. Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, Pit Stop Challenge and final Indy 500 practice are scheduled for August 21. Legends Day takes place on Saturday, August 22.

    IndyCar races originally slated during that time have also been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will take place on August 9. The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will now take place on August 30.

    All concerts scheduled for the original Indy 500 race weekend in May have been cancelled. Tickets already purchased for Indy 500, GMR Grand Prix and associated events will be valid for rescheduled dates.

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