IndyCar To Open 2020 Season At Texas Without Fans In One-Day Event

IndyCar To Open 2020 Season At Texas Without Fans In One-Day Event


The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season will begin next month in Texas.

The season will begin Saturday, June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the racing series announced Thursday. The green flag for the race is at 8:45 p.m.

The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 23. 

Here is the tentative schedule for Indianapolis racing — 

Friday, July 3

GMR Grand Prix On-Track Sessions

Saturday, July 4

GMR Grand Prix Race

Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Thursday, Aug. 13

Indianapolis 500 Practice

Friday, Aug. 14 – Fast Friday

Indianapolis 500 Practice

Saturday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 16

Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying

Thursday, Aug. 20

Indianapolis 500 Practice
Freedom 100 Practice, Qualifying

Friday, Aug. 21 – Miller Lite Carb Day

Indianapolis 500 Final Practice
Freedom 100
Advance Auto Parts Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge

Saturday, Aug. 22 – Legends Day presented by Firestone

Public Drivers’ Meeting
Driver Autograph Session

Sunday, Aug. 23 – Race Day


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, IndyCar will run a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying, and the race all in one day.

There will also be no fans in attendance.

“We’re excited and ready to kick off the NTT IndyCar Series season at Texas Motor Speedway,” IndyCar President Jay Frye said.

“America needs live sports and they are not going to believe what they see when the Genesys 300 storms into their living rooms on TV from Texas,” said Eddie Gossage, president, and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway.

Frye said public health officials have put together protocols for the race to protect the well-being of participants. These include:

  • Strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on-site
  • A health screening system administered to all participants
  • PPE equipment provided to everyone entering the facility, along with guidelines on usage
  • Social distancing protocols in place and carefully maintained
  • Revised competition layout to increase distancing

The remainder of the updated, 15-race IndyCar calendar, announced April 6, remains on schedule for competition.