IndyCar officials have unsurprisingly announced that the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GMR Indianapolis Grand Prix which was set to take place on Indy’s road course on May 9 is now set for a July 4 date at the Brickyard, the event kicking off on the Saturday a historic double-header at the Speedway, with NASCAR racing on the Sunday.

“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” commented new Speedway owner Roger Penske

“However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.

“We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”

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IndyCar’s on-track action at the Brickyard in August will begin with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13, followed by Fast Friday on Aug. 14 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16.

As a result of the schedule changes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the IndyCar races scheduled for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 have been rescheduled.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is now scheduled for Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is now scheduled for Aug. 30.

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