Pandemic Forces First IndyCar Schedule Change

The Grand Prix of Long Beach has been rescheduled for Sept. 26 due the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legendary street course race was originally scheduled for April 18, but the new date will make it the NTT IndyCar Series season finale. It also creates a three-race, three weekend west coast swing to conclude the season.

That starts at Portland on Sept. 12, Laguna Seca on Sept. 19 and then Long Beach.

“It is important to have Long Beach rescheduled to continue the history and tradition for one of the series’ hallmark events in one of the nation’s premier media markets,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said a press release. “As we did during the 2020 season, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and maintain flexibility across our schedule.”

The southern California region is currently under a stay-at-home order that bans private gatherings between households, lower capacities for commercial businesses, discourages hotels for tourism purposes and prevents dine-in opportunities.

The Long Beach Grand Prix is IndyCar’s second longest tenured event behind the Indianapolis 500. This is the first time it will take place outside of April.

“We believe that this move will afford us the best opportunity to provide our guests with a fun and exciting experience in a safe and unrestricted environment,” Grand Prix Association of Long Beach president and CEO Jim Michaelian said in a press release. “It will be a welcome sight to see the INDYCAR series cars and stars back on the downtown streets of Long Beach in the fall.”

The season is scheduled to begin on March 7 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida followed by April 11 at Barber Motorsports Park and a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway on May 1-2.


April 11 – Barber Motorsports Park (NBCSN)
April 18 – Streets of Long Beach (NBC)
May 1-2 – Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader (NBCSN)
May 15 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (NBC)
May 30 – Indianapolis 500 (NBC)
June 12-13 – Detroit Belle Isle GP doubleheader (NBC)
June 20 – Road America (NBCSN)
July 4 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (NBC)
July 11 – Streets of Toronto (NBCSN)
Aug. 8 – Streets of Nashville (NBCSN)
Aug. 14 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway GP 2 (NBCSN)
Aug. 21 – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (NBCSN)}
Sept. 12 – Portland International Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 19 – WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway (NBC)
Sept. 26 – Streets of St. Petersburg (NBC)

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