Long Beach IndyCar round moves from April to 2021 finale, due to COVID-19

IndyCar's 2021 Long Beach round has been moved to become the category's season finale due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from IndyCar have announced

Long Beach IndyCar round moves from April to 2021 finale, due to COVID-19

The move from the event's traditional April date creates a three-race west coast swing to conclude the IndyCar season, beginning at Portland International on 12 September, followed by Laguna Seca the next weekend, and concluding on the streets of Long Beach on 26 September.

The Long Beach event was originally due to be the third round on the 2021 schedule, and was planned for 18 April.

"It is important to have Long Beach rescheduled to continue the history and tradition for one of the series' hallmark events in one of the nation's premier media markets," Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said.

"Further, it's a tremendous opportunity to wrap up the season with three straight iconic venues for what we believe will be our most exciting season yet.

"As we did during the 2020 season, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and maintain flexibility across our schedule.

"We are committed to an action-packed and exhilarating 2021 IndyCar Series."

Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO Jim Michaelian said: "I want to thank all of the officials at IndyCar for their assistance in rescheduling the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to September.

"We believe that this move will afford us the best opportunity to provide our guests with a fun and exciting experience in a safe and unrestricted environment.

"It will be a welcome sight to see the IndyCar Series cars and stars back on the downtown streets of Long Beach in the fall."

Long Beach was one of several IndyCar races that fell victim to the pandemic in 2020, breaking an unbroken annual run for the event, which was held for the first time in September 1975 for F5000 cars, from 1976 to '83 for Formula 1, and since 1984 for Indycars.

IndyCar revealed its provisional 2021 calendar back in October, featuring 17 events and without oval events at Richmond and Iowa.

The season is due to begin at St Petersburg on 7 March.

IndyCar's schedule changes have also had a knock-on impact for the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Instead of visiting Laguna Seca and Long Beach in April, the series will also head to these venues in September.

IMSA will race at Long Beach the day before IndyCar on 25 September, having earlier visited Laguna Seca on 10-12 September.

"The West Coast audience is extremely valuable to all of our stakeholders, and this necessary shift provides the best opportunity to serve our many IMSA race fans in California," said IMSA president John Doonan.

"Likewise, it is important to our WeatherTech Championship teams to have both California races back-to-back on the schedule.

"We're grateful to our partners at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and all involved for their flexibility."

shares
comments
AJ Foyt Racing signs Dalton Kellett to second IndyCar seat
Previous article

AJ Foyt Racing signs Dalton Kellett to second IndyCar seat

Next article

Daly continues with ECR for 2021 road and street course IndyCar events

Daly continues with ECR for 2021 road and street course IndyCar events
How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled Plus

How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled

Chip Ganassi Racing team was strong again in the Indianapolis 500, with poleman Scott Dixon and reigning champion Alex Palou leading almost three quarters of the race between them. But when dominator Dixon was penalised for pitlane speeding, ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson stepped up to score the biggest win of his career and seize the IndyCar points lead

IndyCar
May 30, 2022
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 21, 2021
How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

IndyCar
Nov 4, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021