2021 Long Beach Grand Prix Moved to September Due to Pandemic
Organizers of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach announced Thursday morning that the annual Indy car race would be moved to September 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Why it matters;
In 2020 the Grand Prix was canceled as California entered into the first wave of the pandemic. The move from its regularly scheduled time frame in April to September could make this year's Grand Prix pivotal as it will be the season finale for IndyCar and could decide the points championship. Plus, as the coronavirus vaccine arrives and the rollout begins, the Grand Prix could be one of the major sporting events that fans would experience in-person.
What they're saying:
🏎Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said, "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," Also in the release. "As we did during the 2020 season, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and maintain flexibility across our schedule."
🏎CEO & President of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach Jim Michaelin said, "We want all of our attendees to fully experience all of the joy and excitement of the event in a safe and welcoming environment and we believe that this move to a fall date will afford us that opportunity. We want to thank all those who were of assistance in facilitating this rescheduling and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the streets of Long Beach in September."