Toronto IndyCar race postponed
5/15/2020 11:10:18 PM EST
The IndyCar race scheduled to be held July 12 in Toronto is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The city of Toronto announced Friday that it was extending its ban on city-led and city-permitted festivals and events with attendance of more than 250 people through July 31, and those with attendance of 25,000 or more through Aug. 31.
The ban does not apply to pro sporting events with the exception of the Honda Indy Toronto and the Toronto Triathlon Festival, which were specifically cited as being postponed or canceled along with Salsa on St. Clair, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, the Beaches International Jazz Festival and the BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture.
The Honda Indy Toronto is working with the city, the venue (Exhibition Place), Honda Canada and the IndyCar circuit to reschedule the event, Green Savoree Racing Promotions said in a statement to the Indianapolis Star.
The IndyCar season has yet to begin due to the pandemic. The circuit was supposed to start with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.) on March 15, but that event was postponed to Oct. 25, when it will serve as the season finale.
Five events have been canceled: the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama in Birmingham; the Acura Grand Prix at Long Beach (Calif.); the AutoNation IndyCar Challenge at Austin, Texas; and two races in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
The first event currently scheduled to take place is the Genesys 300, June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, with no fans present.
Due to follow are the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, June 21 at Elkhart Lake, Wis.; the Indy Richmond (Va.) 300, June 27; and the GMR Grand Prix, July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Toronto event had been due to follow the Indianapolis event.
France's Simon Pagenaud won the Honda Indy Toronto last year.
--Field Level Media