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PORTLAND, Oregon â Richmond International Raceway is back on the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, at Pocono Raceway’s expense.
Richmond’s 3/4-mile oval last hosted an IndyCar race in 2009. There will be 17 races again in 2020, eightÂ broadcast on NBC.
âWe are pleased to return to the Mid-Atlantic region, one we know to be full of IndyCar fans,â said series CEO Mark Miles. âWeâre 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.âÂ
Richmond will replace the 2 1/2-mile triangle at Long Pond, Pa.
Pocono has been the scene of serious crashes since it returned to the series in 2013. Justin Wilson died as a result of injuries suffered there in 2015, and Robert Wickens suffered severe spinal injuries there in 2018.Â
In the most recent visit, a scary Lap 1 crash didn’t result in serious injuries but tested the series’ desire to remain there.
MilesÂ said the series could return to Pocono in the future.Â
The race at Richmond is scheduled for June 27.
The 2020 championship sees some similarity to previous years, but with a bit of shuffling. St. Petersburg, Fla., remains the season opener, but Circuit of the AmericasÂ moved to a late April date after a March date in 2019.
Instead of a three-week stretch in July with Toronto, Iowa and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course running on consecutiveÂ weekends, Mid-Ohio will shiftÂ to a mid-August date.
This move coincides with a three-week summer break planned around the 2020 Summer Olympics to allow NBC and NBCSN to focus their coverage. Broadcast times are to be announced.
The 2020 IndyCar schedule has a pair of weekends partnering up with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Long Beach and at Detroit. Also of note, the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will also partner with IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway and at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
# – road course; $ – temporary downtown street circuit; % – ovalÂ
March 15: St. Petersburg, Fla.Â $
April 5: Barber Motorsports Park (Alabama)Â #
April 19: Long Beach, Calif. $
April 26: Austin, TexasÂ #
May 9: IndyCar Grand Prix (Indianapolis Motor Speedway roadÂ course)Â #
May 24: Indianapolis 500Â %
May 30: Belle Isle (Detroit)Â $
May 31: Belle Isle (Detroit) $
June 6: Fort Worth, TexasÂ %
June 21: Elkhart Lake, Wis.Â #
June 27: Richmond, Va.Â %
July 12: TorontoÂ Â $
July 18: IowaÂ SpeedwayÂ %
Aug. 16: Lexington, Ohio #
Aug. 22: Madison, Ill.Â %
Sept. 6: PortlandÂ #
Sept. 20: Laguna Seca (Monterey, Calif.)Â #