Indy 500 Rescheduled To Aug. 23 In Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 26, 2020

The Indy 500 is rescheduled in response the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Indianapolis 500 will not be run on Memorial Day weekend this year. The race has been rescheduled to Aug. 23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 104th running of the race is the first since Roger Penske took ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year.

Expressing his disappointment, Penske says the decision came in response to the health and safety of event participants and spectators.

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The annual race draws about 300,000 racing fans to the track for what has been called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

All concerts scheduled with the original race weekend have been canceled.

The GMR Grand Prix race originally scheduled in August at IMS has also now been rescheduled. It will be held on this year's Fourth of July weekend.

This story will be updated.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.