The NTT IndyCar Series season will now consist of 14 races with three doubleheaders, INDYCAR announced Monday, July 27.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course will all hold doubleheader race weekends.
Mid-Ohio will host a doubleheader on Aug. 8 and 9. Gateway will host its doubleheader weekend on Aug. 29 and 30. Indianapolis will wrap up the doubleheaders with races on Oct. 2 and 3.
“Our race fans have loved the exciting doubleheader action of the NTT IndyCar Series this year at Road America and Iowa Speedway,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “We look forward to giving them even more world-class entertainment this season at three of the most exciting racetracks on the NTT IndyCar Series calendar.”
Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the events at Portland International Raceway and the doubleheader weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca have been canceled. IndyCar intends on returning to both venues in 2021.
“It is clear that spectators, hospitality guests and sponsors would not be permissible under current state guidelines, and the tight restrictions placed on teams would make the race weekend not viable for neither Monterey nor IndyCar,” John Narigi, president and general manager of Laguna Seca, said. “We were really looking forward to IndyCar’s return to our community. This is a huge disappointment, but out of the control of everyone involved.
Mid-Ohio will have a limited amount of spectators for both its races. Both races will consist of 75 laps on the road course.
Both races at Gateway will consist of 200 laps and there will be qualifying for both races. The first lap of each driver’s respective qualifying session will count for the first race, and likewise, the second lap will be for the second race.
On Aug. 29, the IndyCar race will be followed by an ARCA Menards Series race. The following day, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race will precede the IndyCar race.
Gateway will also have limited attendance for fans.