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Rescheduling Indy 500 would be difficult; canceling it could doom race teams

The IndyCar Series—and the city of Indianapolis—would take a devastating hit if the Indianapolis 500 was canceled this year.

Re-scheduling the race, however, will be “a substantial challenge,” said Ken Ungar, the former Speedway chief of staff and IndyCar executive who now runs local sports market firm Charge.

“There are so many moving parts to the biggest single-day sporting event in the world, it would be very tricky and challenging to re-schedule this event,” Ungar told IBJ. “You can’t just up and move it. Of course, it can be done, but wouldn’t be easy from various standpoints and for numerous parties involved.”

And it wouldn’t be wise, sources said, to think just because the event is outdoors it would be safer, noting the sudden cancellation of PGA golf events, Daytona Bike Week in Florida this past week as well as the closures of Disney’s two outdoor theme parks in California and Florida.

“There are just so many unknowns right now,” Ungar said. “I’m sure every sports organization is making contingency plans, but those are really just academic exercises, because we just don’t know.” Read More.

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