St Petersburg, Fla. (March 14, 2020) - With the growing concern over COVID-19 looming in the air, INDYCAR announced its decision
yesterday to cancel the season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as well as all upcoming NTT INDYCAR Series events through the Circuit of the Americas event scheduled for the end of April.
A delay occurred on Thursday as officials strategized how to establish a safe environment while still holding the much anticipated event. Initially, the decision was made to close the venue to all spectators and non-essential crew and formulate a revised schedule with all on track activity beginning on Friday.
The Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and other Road to Indy series were each able to complete one official practice session yesterday before everything came to a halt once again. It was at this time that the decision was made to cancel the race weekend and some subsequent events altogether.
Below is the official statement from INDYCAR:
Statement from Turn 3 Motorsport Team Owner Peter Dempsey:
“It’s certainly disappointing that we didn’t get a chance to race after all the hard work and preparation that all the teams and drivers put in to be ready for the season opener, but at the end of the day, our health and families come first and racing comes second. We know it was a difficult call to make, but it’s ultimately what’s best for everyone’s safety. Hopefully we will get over this hurdle and get back to racing again in May.”
As of now, INDYCAR along with the Road to Indy series plan to resume the 2020 season at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit in May.