- Activities at planned season opener in St. Petersburg come to a halt
- Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama also postponed
- 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES now scheduled to open May 9 with Indianapolis GP
Due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 “coronavirus” pandemic conditions, INDYCAR today announced that it is postponing the first four events on the 2020 calendar, including this weekend’s Firestone IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Other events suspended include the April 5 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the April 19 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and the April 26 AutoNation IndyCar Challenge at the Circuit of the Americasl.
The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season now is scheduled to resume with the May 9 GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The end of this weekend’s event also means the SRO Touring Car America’s double header race weekend at St. Petersburg will not take place.
Official Statement from INDYCAR
“After careful consideration, including regular communication with our event promoters, health officials, and the city administrations in our respective race markets regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to halt all NTT INDYCAR Series events through April. This begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg which was to begin today and run through Sunday, March 15 and continues through the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas which was to take place April 24-26. Although we are disappointed to delay the start to this INDYCAR season and will miss our incredible fans who support us each year in St. Petersburg, Birmingham, Long Beach, and Austin, the safety of our fans, participants, staff, partners, and media will always remain our top priority. We will continue to coordinate with public health experts and government officials as we determine the appropriate plans for resuming our schedule.”
Source: Honda North America