Largest and most traditional Formula Indy race, the 500 miles from Indanápolis, initially scheduled for May 24, was postponed to August 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be the first time since 1946 that the race will not be held the weekend before Memorial Day, a national holiday in the United States that honors military personnel killed in combat, scheduled for the last Monday in May.
Free practice will be played on August 13 and 14, while the grid classification will be defined on the 15th and 16th. On the 21st, it will be the last practice on the track before the race, and on the eve of the race, on the 22nd, it is scheduled to autograph session as part of “Day of Legends”.
The postponement was inevitable, especially after all speed competitions canceled two stages around the world, including Formula 1 and MotoGP.
“The health of our participants and spectators of the race is our top priority. We believe that postponement is the most responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions that we face ”, said the director Roger Penske, who makes his debut in the category. He was forced to cancel four stages of Indy – St. Petersburg, Florida, Long Beach and Texas. The next scheduled is May 31 in Detroit.
The 500 miles of Indianopolis began to be disputed in 1911, but were not accomplished in 1917, 1918, and from 1941 to 1945 because of the two world wars.