April 2020 News
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New IndyCar Race Added

Apr 6 - IndyCars will return to IMS in early October to
once again race on the road course.

Already scheduled that weekend is the inaugural
Indianapolis 8 Hour race, featuring GT4 & GT5 race
cars.  They will race on Sunday for 8 hours as part of the
GT World Challenge.

IndyCars will hold a race the day before on Oct 3rd.  It is
being called the Harvest Grand Prix in honor of the
"Harvest Day Classic", a set of races held at IMS in
September 1916. That racing event was the only one held
outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event
consisted of a 20 mile race, a 50 mile race, and a 100 mile
race.  Legendary driver
Johnny Aitken won all three.  
Aitken died in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic,
which killed at least half a million Americans.
Johnny Aitken
In addition to the addition of the Harvest Grand Prix, a
second IndyCar race will be held at Laguna Seca over the
same weekend as already scheduled race there in
September.  

These two new races will make up for recently cancelled
Detroit double-header race which was supposed to take
place at the end of May.

IndyCar also hopes to hold the St Pete Grand Prix at the
end of the season in October.  It was supposed to be the
first race of 2020 before it was cancelled due to the
coronavirus.
New Dates for 500 Pre-Race Events

April 9 - The annual Indy 500 Mini-marathon has been cancelled
due to the corona-virus.

However,
Breakfast at the Brickyard, (aka Mayors Breakfast)
has been rescheduled to August 15, 2020.

The
Off The Grid ball has been rescheduled for August 21st.

The
500 Festival Parade has been rescheduled for August 22nd.
This traditional parade began in 1957.
Stirling Moss Died

Apr 12 - British racing legend
Stirling Moss died peace-
fully in bed after a long illness.  He was 90.

He's as legendary in England as
Mario Andretti is in
America.

He started 66 Formula 1 races, 16 times from pole position,
37 times from the front row of the grid. He won 16 times,
and should have won at least as many times again, and set
fastest lap on 20 occasions. In the years from 1955 to 1958
he was second in the World Championship, from 1959 to
1961, third.

In total races ran across all series, he won 212 of the 529
he raced in.  He is also famous for winning the 1955 Mille
Miglia, a 1,000-mile race across Italy, in record time.

While Moss never competed at Indianapolis, his father
Alfred, who was a dentist, raced in the 1924 Indy 500.
1955 - Sterling Moss race car driver
Sterling Moss 1955