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INDYCAR releases revised schedule as of 4/6/20 – “The NTT INDYCAR SERIES announced several calendar updates today following the cancellation of the Detroit Grand Prix due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two previously scheduled events will become doubleheaders along with the addition of a third weekend of racing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With these additions, there are 15 races on the 2020 INDYCAR calendar, an increase of one event from the 14 races announced March 26.” Full release at the link. View the revised schedule in full here. – INDYCAR – (4/6/2020)

Second race added on IMS road course on new weekend – “The stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third exciting racing event in 2020. The INDYCAR Harvest GP will take place Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3 on the IMS road course. The new event was unveiled today as part of INDYCAR’s updated 2020 schedule announcement. The GMR Grand Prix remains on the IMS schedule for Saturday, July 4, setting the stage for a history-making INDYCAR and NASCAR pairing over the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard weekend. The can’t-miss 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will take place Sunday, Aug. 23. The INDYCAR Harvest GP joins a busy weekend of racing at IMS, with the previously announced Indianapolis 8 Hour beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) Sunday, Oct. 4. The event will feature the first-ever combination of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli with its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (4/6/2020)

Detroit GP cancelled – “Detroit Grand Prix organizers announced today that the 2020 Grand Prix, originally scheduled for May 29-31 at Belle Isle Park, has been canceled due to the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the current public health restrictions and mandates, Grand Prix officials determined it was not possible to host the event at the end of May in order to help protect the health, safety and well-being of the spectators, partners, volunteers, employees and event participants at the Detroit Grand Prix.” Full release at the link. – Chevrolet Detroit GP – (4/6/2020)

McLaughlin wins INDYCAR iRacing Challenge at Barber – Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin won the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday in a wild race. The full Top 5 was McLaughlin, Power, Speed, Palou, and Pagenaud. Karam earned the pole and led the first half of the race before he and Rosenqvist made contact shortly after their pit stops. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/4/2020)

Wickens highlights drivers added to this week’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge at Barber – This weekend’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park will have a larger field and NBCSN television audience than last weekend’s streaming-only event. Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon, Jack Harvey, and Robert Wickens are additions to the field. View the full entry list here. – INDYCAR – (4/2/2020)

NBCSN to air INDYCAR iRacing Challenge from Barber on Saturday – “NBC Sports presents the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, a live, virtual racing event featuring a field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers, this Saturday with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the virtual Barber Motorsports Park live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will mark the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing event to appear on NBCSN.” Full release at the link. – NBC Sports Group – (4/1/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 4/1/2020 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (4/1/2020)

Trackside podcast 3/31/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 3/31/20 is a great listen as always. Paul Tracy and Donald Davidson are guests on the show. – 107.5 The Fan – (4/1/2020)

Report: October the target for potential future postponements – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports INDYCAR is looking at alternate dates over the first four weekends in October for St. Petersburg as well as Detroit and Texas should those events be postponed. Full story at the link. – RACER – (3/31/2020)

Report: INDYCAR scraps double points for finale – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports INDYCAR has decided to not award double points at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale in 2020 due to the revised schedule. Full story at the link. – RACER – (3/31/2020)

Karam wins INDYCAR iRacing Challenge at Watkins Glen – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam won the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International on Saturday in a dominant win from pole. The full Top 5 was Karam, Rosenqvist, McLaughlin, and Askew. View a replay of the race here. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (3/28/2020)

INDYCAR confirms Watkins Glen as track and adds Johnson as driver for iRacing event – “The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, a virtual racing event featuring a full field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers, begins this weekend with Saturday’s American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The event, which will last approximately 90 minutes, will be streamed through INDYCAR.com while INDYCAR’s YouTube and Facebook platforms as well as iRacing’s Twitch will serve as additional outlets for viewing. The NBC broadcasting team of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will be calling the action. The pre-race activities will be highlighted by iconic national anthem singer Jim Cornelison adding his voice as he has for the past three Indianapolis 500s. The entry list of 25 drivers includes series champions Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, Tony Kanaan, four Indianapolis 500 winners and collectively has registered 140 series victories. The Team Penske trio of Newgarden, Pagenaud and Power, along with the A.J. Foyt Racing duo of Bourdais and Kanaan, have combined for nine series championships led by Bourdais’ four and two by Newgarden.” View the updated entry list here. – INDYCAR – (3/27/2020)

Revised 2020 Road to Indy schedule – “Following the schedule announcement today from Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires’ sanctioning body INDYCAR, Andersen Promotions has also confirmed a revised 2020 calendar to run in conjunction with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. To recover the two races lost at Barber Motorsports Park and Circuit of The Americas, triple header rounds for all three levels – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – will take place at Road America and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, helping to reduce costs to teams while maintaining an 18-race event schedule.” Full release at the link. – Indy Lights – (3/26/2020)

Revised 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule after Month of May postponement – The revised 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule after the scheduled postponement of each of the Month of May races is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (3/26/2020)

104th Indy 500 moved to August & GMR Grand Prix moved to July 4th – “The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date. The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course as part of a historic double-header featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. This first-of-its-kind racing event also will be televised by NBC on Independence Day. The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, in its traditional spot on the calendar during Memorial Day weekend. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 9.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (3/26/2020)

Road to Indy iRacing series announced – “Competitors representing all three levels of the world’s leading driver development platform will return to racing virtually this week when the Ricmotech Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires iRacing eSeries kicks off a five-race schedule on Saturday, March 28. The green flag for the 45-minute race is set for 1:04 pm EDT and is a precursor to the debut of the six-race INDYCAR iRacing Challenge scheduled for 4:00 pm on Saturdays.” View the entry list here. – Indy Lights – (3/26/2020)

Genesys unveils No. 29 livery for Hinch – Genesys has unveiled the Andretti Autosport No. 29 livery to be driven by James Hinchcliffe part-time this season in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. View the livery on our No. 29 livery page here. – Genesys – (3/26/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 3/25/20 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (3/25/2020)

Trackside podcast 3/24/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 3/24/20 is a great listen as always. Simon Pagenaud and Donald Davidson are guests on the show. – 107.5 The Fan – (3/25/2020)

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