The Indianapolis 500, promoted because the world’s greatest single-day sporting occasion with an estimated crowd topping 350,000, has been postponed till August 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, IndyCar stated on Thursday.

The crown jewel of American open-wheel racing, which is historically staged every US Memorial Day weekend on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was initially scheduled to be held on Could 24.

Roger Penske, who final November took over IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, known as Could his favorite time of 12 months and stated he was dissatisfied so as to add the Indy 500 to the listing of main sporting occasions hit by the coronavirus.

“The well being and security of our occasion contributors and spectators is our prime precedence, and we consider that suspending the occasion is the accountable choice with the circumstances and restrictions we face,” Penske stated in a press release.

“We’ll proceed to concentrate on methods we are able to improve the shopper expertise within the months forward, and I am assured we are going to welcome followers with a remodeled facility and a worldwide spectacle after we run the world’s biggest race.”

In accordance IndyCar, enhanced measures like increased frequency of cleansing, extra hand-sanitising stations and decreasing hand-to-hand interactions between employees and prospects might be in place when exercise resumes on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.