The NTT IndyCar Series is due to resume its rights in early June in Texas, while the other flagship American series, NASCAR, has already returned to the circuit on May 17. A tight schedule in the IndyCar Series which had consequences for the players in the paddock.
In IndyCar Series, some teams and drivers do not have complete programs, they are engaged on certain tracks with a partial season. This Covid-19 crisis will have had an impact on some participants. As well as the revised 2020 calendar is still disturbed by some cancellations.
The indiscretions of the IndyCar Series paddock
Dragon Speed at the Indy 500
Elton Julian’s team had decided on a partial IndyCar program this season with the first event opening the season curtain in St. Petersburg. The DragonSpeed team had planned a partial program that included 6 races, in addition to the season opener in St. Petersburg, they were to be found in Long Beach, the Indy 500, Texas, Mid-Ohio and Laguna That’s it. From now on the first objective will be the 500 Miles of Indianapolis programmed on August 23 before foreseeing another participation.
This year 2020 was to welcome the return of the Richmond Raceway track, scheduled for June 27. But, this race appears to be canceled as learned by RACER.com and no other dates in the 2020 calendar appear to be available to reschedule the race. The state of Virginia has been one of the most cautious about reopening in the face of the pandemic, and it just started Phase 1 of its recovery plan last week. Governor Ralph Northam has officially declared that public gatherings will be permitted no earlier than July or August.
Double-Header for Road America
The cancellation or postponement of the Toronto meeting will offer its place to Road America, which moves from June 21 to July 10-12. But the picturesque road course of Elkhart Lake benefits from this since it is now a double-header which would be scheduled, namely a race on Saturday and another on Sunday.
Although neither the IndyCar Series or the circuit has yet confirmed the information, team members have had instructions from Roger Penske (owner of the IndyCar Series) who were alerted on Wednesday. If confirmed, this will be the third double-header after races in Iowa and Laguna Seca.
AJ. Foyt Racing / Sebastien Bourdais
AJ Foyt Racing had to line up 3 drivers in the seat of the n°14, Sébastien Bourdais had to drive for the first three races before leaving the wheel to Tony Kanaan then to the rookie Dalton Kellett before Sébastien Bourdais took over the wheel in Portland for its fourth and final race scheduled for 2020.
While the St. Petersburg race is scheduled as the season finale, if Sébastien Bourdais is available, he could race at home. AJ Foyt also hopes that Manceau can be aligned for Portland.
2021 Indianapolis 500 Miles
The Automobile Club de Monaco has confirmed its 3 events for 2021, namely the Monaco Grand Prix, the Historic Grand Prix and Formula E. While 2020 sounds like a blank year on the Rock of the Principality, we can already see that in 2021, we will not see the traditional clash of dates between Monaco and Indianapolis at the end of May.
Next year will be the first time since 2003 that the Indianapolis 500 has not gone head-to-head with F1, assuming there is no back-to-back Monaco Grand Prix in 2021.