City of Long Beach Postpones IndyCar Grand Prix

The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another prestigious race on Thursday evening as the mayor of Long Beach, California was forced to postpone all “large scale events” through April 2020 – including the Indycar Grand Prix.

The decision was revealed by mayor Robert Garcia in a series of tweets.

Announcement from the City of Long Beach and Mayor Garcia:

Long Beach Cancels All Large Scale Events Through April 2020

Cancellation will Affect Beach Streets, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and Others

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach has taken place for the last 45 years. It is the city’s most popular event and is attended by approximately 180,000 people annually.

The City looks forward to working with Grand Prix Association of Long Beach as well as other promoters to find solutions for holding their events at a later date as the situation warrants.

The news was confirmed by the event promoters, who say they will seek a new date if possible, once the coronavirus concern passes.

“In light of today’s announcement from the City of Long Beach prohibiting all large-scale events in the City through April 30, 2020, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will not take place as scheduled on April 17-19. While we recognize that this is a serious inconvenience for our loyal attendees, sponsors and other clients, nevertheless, this action is consistent with our primary objective of assuring the public’s safety and well-being at our event.

“We are in conversation with the City of Long Beach, various race sanctioning bodies and the Long Beach Convention Center to discuss the viability of rescheduling this event at a later time in the year. If that is not possible, then we look forward to presenting the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 16-18, 2021. Further details about possible refunds or credits will be forthcoming.”

The announcement follows a series of country-wide cancellations or postponements of numerous sporting events or leagues. The NBA, NHL and MLS each suspended its seasons. Major League Baseball has ended spring training and postponed the planned start of the 2020 season.

The NCAA has canceled all spring events, including the remainder of its basketball and baseball seasons.

The World Endurance Championship and IMSA canceled the Super Sebring doubleheader at Sebring International Raceway. The NHRA has postponed the Gatornationals in Gainseville, Florida.

Meanwhile, NASCAR and IndyCar will race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Streets of St. Petersburg — albeit in empty venues with no fans allowed in attendance.

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