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Indy 500 and GMR Grand Prix postponed, concerts canceled



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Fernando Alonso leads the pack during the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The 2020 Indianapolis 500 was moved Thursday to Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. IDS file photo and Rose Bythrow

This year’s Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indycar announced Thursday. 

"The Month of May at IMS is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I'm disappointed we've had to reschedule the Indy 500," Roger Penske, the owner of Indycar and IMS, said in a statement. 

The 104th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" was originally scheduled for May 24. This marks the first time since 1946 that the Indy 500 will not take place on Memorial Day weekend. 

All concerts surrounding the weekend, which included artists such as Luke Bryan and Martin Garrix, were also canceled. The GMR Grand Prix was also rescheduled for July 4.

Practice sessions for the on-track action are scheduled for Aug. 12-13. Fast Friday is slated for Aug. 14 and the Qualifications for Aug. 15-16.

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