INDYCAR confirmed today that the Detroit Grand Prix has been called off due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic – but the number of races still expands in the latest preliminary calendar update.
The Detroit meeting – which traditionally features the only double-header event on the IndyCar schedule – was slated to open the heavily revised 2020 campaign on the final weekend of May, but has now become the latest round to fall victim to the COVID-19 crisis.
This means that the first race of the year is now preliminarily due to take place at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6.
While the loss of Detroit (which will not be rescheduled later in the year) is obviously disappointing, today’s calendar update does however also boast a number of positive news. Additional races will be staged at both Iowa Speedway and Laguna Seca, transforming both those rounds into double-header weekends.
Furthermore, a brand new event – the INDYCAR Harvest GP – has been announced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on October 3, marking a new preliminary season-finale and bringing the 2020 schedule up to 15 races.
For more information on the rescheduled calendar, please click here.