Portland/Laguna Seca races move to 3 existing venues, main takeaways of this move

Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus, the landscape of the NTT INDYCAR Series is changing again.

I reported this a few weeks ago, and now it’s coming to fruition. With the west coast still in shambles, INDYCAR announced on Monday that they will not be going to that part of the country in September.

Green Savoie will move their Portland weekend originally set for Sept. 13 to Mid-Ohio next month. Mid-Ohio will now be a doubleheader weekend with races on Saturday as well as Sunday.

Then, Laguna Seca also announced that their doubleheader weekend will be moved too. Initially they were going to serve as the season finale, then then took on an additional race, but with California sanctions being tight, INDYCAR will sit this out.

So, they will move their two races to Gateway and IMS to serve as a equal loss and gains.

Doubleheader’s Galore

We now have three doubleheader weekends left. With only five race weekends remaining, that means over half of them will be a doubleheader. The only ones not are the Indy 500 and season finale in St. Pete.

That means that five of the final seven race weekend this year will have been doubleheaders.

That’s part of racing during a pandemic.

Long September

We had a span of five races in 15 days in July. Then, we saw two weekends off. Following that is five races in August. But, September is now wide open. With the loss of the west coast swing, we go from Gateway (Aug. 29-30) to Indy again (Oct. 2-3) without any races in between.

4 Races at IMS

By time this season is over, 29% of the season would have contested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Three of the four races would have run on the 2.439-mile road course.

No west coast this year

The NTT INDYCAR Series has always been a Midwest fan base. Yes, they have fans spread all across this great nation of ours, but the bread and butter of this fan base resides in the middle of the country.

Now, they get most of the races. The furthest west that they would have gone now is Texas. Indianapolis, Ohio and Illinois now have eight of the 14 races run in them for 2020.

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