The IndyCar Series calls off the first four races due to coronavirus – Season opener has been postponed
The opening race of the IndyCar Series in St. Petersburg (Florida) on March 15th had already been overshadowed by the coronavirus (COVID-19), in conjunction with many other public events around the world.
Originally, the organisers had tried to pull through with the race weekend by shutting out spectators from trackside. On Friday afternoon (European time), however, the series announced the race to be cancelled.
“After careful consideration, including regular communication with our event promoters, health officials, and the city administrations in our respective race markets, we have made the decision to cancel all NTT IndyCar Series events through April.” the series’ officials stated.
Therefore, the following races at Birmingham, Long Beach and Austin are affected and cancelled as well. As of now, the inaugural round of the 25th IndyCar Series season will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
First off is the Indy GP on its road course, formerly used by Formula 1, on May 9th. Subsequently, the legendary Indy 500 will be run on its superspeedway on May 24th.