IndyCar’s return to Richmond for the first time in over a decade has been cancelled as the state of Virginia look to continue its ban on mass public gatherings until late July/early August.
As reported by RACER.com, the Richmond event, which had been slated for June 27, has been cancelled without an alternative date meaning the event will not feature on IndyCar’s already truncated 2020 season.
Similarly, Road America is primed to move to the vacant July 10-12 spot courtesy of the recent cancellation of the race in Toronto.
Further reports are also suggesting Road America will now host a doubleheader round, with races on both the Saturday and Sunday. It would thus become the third doubleheader in a continually evolving calendar.
The move could pay dividends for kiwi IndyCar ace Scott Dixon who has only once failed to finish inside the top-five at the Wisconsin venue since the event returned to calendar in 2016.
Earlier in the year Richmond saw its NASCAR race dropped in favour of Darlington, with the 0.75-mile Speedway now set to host no premier American racing in 2020.
The event joins Long Beach, COTA, Barber, Detroit and Toronto as races canned as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is not entirely sour news for the IndyCar fraternity however, with the season-opener from Texas Motor Speedway scheduled to go ahead on June 6. Though how a revised calendar will look after the Texas event remains clouded in mystery.
The hallowed Indianapolis 500, which was set to run this weekend, has been rescheduled to August 23.