Coronavirus and motorsport: Every major event impacted by COVID-19
From F1, to NASCAR, to IndyCar and Le Mans endurance racing, this is your roundup of coronavirus-induced events changes to the world's biggest racing events.
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The coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has pressed the pause button on events around the world. The motorsports world isn't excluded, with plenty of races being postponed or, in some cases, canceled.
To keep your calendars up to date, here's a list of all the events that have either been postponed or canceled.
Formula One: Grands prix canceled, some postponed
Formula One was one of the first major
events to feel the impact of COVID-19. It unfolded quickly as teams were days away from kicking the season off at the Australian Grand Prix on March 15. After a positive case of the coronavirus was confirmed within McLaren Racing, teams voted to scrap the race. The GP has since been canceled for good. Organizers also canceled the Monaco GP -- it will be the first time in decades F1 won't run this legendary race.
The Chinese GP, originally scheduled for April 19, has been postponed with no new date officially confirmed. In addition, the Dutch, Spanish, Bahrain and Vietnamese GPs are all postponed with no new dates. F1 also started its typical summer break early to help delay the season's start.
Perhaps the biggest blow to F1 is the delay of the 2021 rules, which were set to kick off the next era of F1 racing with new chassis.
Goodwood Festival of Speed: Postponed
On March 26, Goodwood organizers delivered the unfortunate news that the Festival of Speed will not take place during its originally scheduled dates of July 9-12. We don't have official confirmation of a new timeframe yet, but the organization said the Goodwood Revival is, so far, on track to take place Sept. 11-13.
The Great American race was officially moved to a new date on March 26. The Indianapolis 500 typically takes place over Memorial Day weekend, but organizers will instead run the event on Aug. 23.
Mille Miglia: Postponed
The classic Italian motorsport staple will no longer take place during the original May 13-15 dates. Now, organizers hope to put on the wonderful event between Oct. 22-25. Organizers made the announcement on March 19.
The legendary race, part of the World Endurance Championship, will not take place June 13-14, the WEC said on March 18. On April 10, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the event's organizers, confirmed that Race Week will now run Sept. 13-20, with the 88th running of the 24-hour race itself starting on Saturday, Sept. 19 and concluding on Sunday, Sept. 20. They also provided a full provisional schedule for the week's events. Interestingly enough, Test Day has been eliminated for this year's event.
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Isle of Man TT: Canceled
The Isle of Man TT, one of the most dangerous races in the world, will not run this year. On March 16, organizers canceled the motorbike race. It was originally scheduled to take place on May 30 and wrap up June 13.
NASCAR: Season suspended
NASCAR organizers said on March 16 that the season will go on hiatus until at least May 3. However, in the meantime, we'll still get a bit of stock-car racing action, thanks to the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The virtual series received such high viewership on the Fox broadcast networks that the company agreed to air the rest of the season -- and it includes professional commentators.