INDIANAPOLIS — The 2020 Indianapolis 500 is probably not run on its scheduled Might 24 get started date, IndyCar and IMS introduced Thursday afternoon, which might make the 104th operating of the Largest Spectacle in Racing the primary version to not be finished all over the month of Might.
“The Month of May at IMS is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I’m disappointed we’ve had to reschedule the Indy 500,” Roger Penske said in a statement. “We’re going to double-down on customer experience in the months ahead and I’m confident we’ll greet fans with a transformed facility and a world-class spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race later this year.”
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IMS said tickets purchased for the original race date are automatically valid for the new scheduled race date in August.
Days later on March 15, the CDC urged event organizers to cancel or postpone events until May 10 that would include 50 or more people in one place.
Since then, St. Pete and Long Beach race organizers have officially canceled their events for 2020, while Barber has begun issuing refunds to ticket holders and COTA was forced to lay off close to 50% of their event staff due to race and concert postponements until later in the year.
From 1911 to 1970, the Indy 500 was run on May 30, regardless of the day, unless it fell on a Sunday, whereas it was then scheduled for the following Monday. Since 1974, the race has been slated for the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, regardless of the date, though multiple times the races has been postponed due to rain and run on a later date, including 1915 (May 31), 1967 (May 31), 1973 (May 30), 1986 (May 31) and 1997 (May 27).
Since its first running in 1911, the Indy 500 has been run every year except for 1917-18 (World War I) and 1942-45 (World War II).