Richmond Raceway returns as 2020 IndyCar calendar announced

The calendar for the 2020 IndyCar calendar has been announced with a return to Richmond Raceway one of the highlights for fans and teams alike to look forward to.

It will be the first time that since 2009 that Richmond Raceway will see IndyCars racing around the three-quarter-mile Virginia oval, the race taking place under the lights on Saturday, June 27 – the 11th race on the season.

“We are pleased to return to the Mid-Atlantic region, one we know to be full of INDYCAR fans,” INDYCAR CEO Mark Miles said. “We’re also excited to return to historic Richmond Raceway, which was recently reimagined with a $30 million redevelopment project that modernized the infield for a better fan experience.”

The race is scheduled to take place on the same weekend utilized for the previous nine NTT IndyCar Series races at Richmond, dating back to 2001. It replaces the much criticised Pocono racetrack, bringing to an end a seven year stint in the sport.

“Richmond Raceway’s history in motorsports dates back to 1946 when the track hosted two AAA Championship Car events,” added Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier. “After hosting INDYCAR from 2001-2009, we now look forward to the return of the NTT IndyCar Series for our fans at America’s Premier Short Track as part of a Mid-Atlantic festival of speed on June 26-27, 2020.”

Richmond is the only new addition to the calendar which again begins on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sunday, March 15 and concludes at the historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course for the second successive year, the 2019 championship-deciding race held on Sunday, 20 September.

Other changes to the 2020 calendar sees the Circuit of The Americas race move to the fourth slot on Sunday, April 26 with a three-week break scheduled after the running the oval race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 18 as NBC and NBCSN focus on televising the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

The 2020 calendar in full

March 13-15 – St Petersburg

April 3-5 – Barber

April 17-19 – Long Beach

April 26 – Austin

May 8-9 – Indianapolis road course

May 24 – Indianapolis 500

May 29-31 – Detroit

June 5-6 – Texas

June 19-21 – Road America

June 26-27 -Richmond

July 10-12 – Toronto

July 17-18 -Iowa

August 14-16 – Mid-Ohio

August 21-22 – Gateway

September 4-6 -Portland

September 18-20 – Laguna Seca

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