IndyCar series has confirmed that it will begin its 2020 season by holding its
first event at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, in line with the latest schedule
that was released in early April.
will not be a run according to a standard weekend schedule, however, with major
modifications being implemented to all aspects of the event.
change will be that all on-track running will take place over the course of a single
day. Practice, qualifying, and the
shortened race, 200 laps instead of 248, will all take place on Saturday, June
6. The race was originally scheduled to
be a night race, so the evening timing of the main event is not a concern.
now be expected to return eight months after their last race and get
comfortable enough with their cars on the high-speed oval to hold a race on
that same day as their return.
Other changes include no fans in the stands, a strict limit to the number of personnel on site, health screening for all participants, PPE provided to everyone at the facility, and carefully maintained social distancing measures throughout the entire track.
excited and ready to kick off the NTT IndyCar series season at Texas Motor
Speedway,” IndyCar President Jay Frye said.
worked closely with Eddie Gossage, the entire TMS team and public health
officials on a plan of action that will ensure the safety of our event
participants alongside an exciting return to competition for our drivers, teams
and viewers tuning in from around the world.”
coverage will be provided by NBCSN as usual, but it is unknown at this time how
many other media members will be allowed to attend in person.
In addition to this first race at Texas Motor Speedway, the remainder of the shortened 2020 race calendar that was announced in early April will also go ahead as planned. This includes a replacement for the opening round that never happened on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, this time as a season finale in October.