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IndyCar cancels Richmond, Toronto races in revised 2020 schedule

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The NTT IndyCar Series has called off races at Richmond Raceway and on the streets of Toronto, Canada, as part of  the revised 2020 schedule amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The races in Richmond, Virginia, and Toronto were originally scheduled for June 27 and July 12, respectively. In addition, the race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12.

Fans will be allowed at Road America, where first responders will be admitted for free with valid identification.

“Our vast 640-acre outdoor facility is widely regarded as ‘the safest place to watch a race’ because fans are not dedicated to a seat and can roam freely around the property to find their favorite viewing location,” said Mike Kertscher, Road America president and general manager.

IndyCar plans to open its delayed 2020 season on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Due to the ongoing health crisis, IndyCar will run a condensed schedule at Texas Motor Speedway, with practice, qualifying, and the race itself – which will take place at night – all held on the same day. The event also will be conducted without fans in attendance.

The next race on the IndyCar calendar will be the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on July 4.

It was announced in March that this year’s Indianapolis 500 would be moved to August 23 because of the coronavirus crisis, the first time the famed auto race will not be held on Memorial Day weekend since 1946.

IndyCar plans to crown its champion at the rescheduled Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 25.