The NTT IndyCar series may be preparing for a return to racing action in just a few weeks, but that does not mean that the entirety of the current schedule will be able to go ahead as planned.
Today the city of Toronto extended their cancellation of all events with more than 250 people through the end of July, which includes the scheduled date for the Honda Indy Toronto street race.
Even with restricted access to the track and a lack of fans in the grandstands, the drivers, teams, and safety personnel required to hold a race would push the total number of people easily over the 250-person limit.
Shortly after the announcement, event organisers confirmed that the race would not go ahead as planned. At this time the event has not been cancelled outright, and an alternative date will be explored.
Local restrictions are the main bottleneck in getting cars back on track and will likely continue to be so throughout the entirety of the truncated season.
Texas governor Greg Abbott gave his approval of the upcoming season opener from Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, allowing the event to take place with heavily reduced personnel and modified procedures.
The second round of the 2020 season is scheduled to take place on June 21 from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The state recently struck down an order that mandated people stay at home except when conducting essential business, potentially clearing away the last hurdle for that event.
The IndyCar series will be closely watching guidance and restrictions put out by local governments for the remaining events on the schedule to make sure they can go ahead as planned.
The first race of the season will take place in just over three weeks with a heavily modified weekend procedure. Drivers will have to practice, qualify, and race all on the same day with limited trackside support.