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Over 75 races worldwide now cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus

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The international motorsport schedule has been hit hard by the Coronavirus.

With the full consequences of the virus becoming clear as many series were poised to begin their new championships, many have been forced to delay the start to their seasons.

They include Formula 1, which sent it teams to Australia for its season-opening race, but called off the event just hours before practice was due to begin. One team, McLaren, had already pulled out after a member of staff tested positive for the Coronavirus. The series has since increased its number of delayed events to at least four, with two more expected to follow.

Among the other championships to delay the start to their seasons are IndyCar, whose first four races will not go ahead, and Moto GP, which has also cancelled four races in Thailand, Qatar, Argentina and the USA.

Many of these have had knock-on effects on other series which had support events planned for the same race. TCR Australia’s first race in Melbourne was minutes away from starting when the grand prix was called off.

Its counterpart series in China was due to race in Wuhan, where the virus originated. Wuhan and other cities in the Hubei province have been in lockdown since the end of January, and unsurprisingly its October race has already been cancelled.

The only later race on the schedule to be called off is a 24H Series event at the Circuit of the Americas, which has been moved to make way for Moto GP’s rescheduled race at the track.

One new series, TitansRX, has decided not to proceed with its 2020 championship until a full picture of the disruption caused by Coronavirus becomes clear.

The table below lists the known event postponements and cancellations at this point, though there are likely to be other series which have cancelled events. Note the list includes series which hold more than one race per event.

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Order Dates Series Event Location Country
1 March 6 – March 8 Moto GP Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit Qatar
2 March 13 – March 15 World Superbikes Qatar Losail International Circuit Qatar
3 March 13 – March 15 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Australia
4 March 13 – March 15 IndyCar St Petersburg Grand Prix St Petersburg USA
5 March 14 – March 15 NASCAR Atlanta Motor Speedway 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway USA
6 March 13 – March 15 Indy Lights St Petersburg St Petersburg USA
7 March 13 – March 15 Indy Pro 2000 St Petersburg St Petersburg USA
8 March 13 – March 15 USF2000 St Petersburg St Petersburg USA
9 March 13 – March 15 TC Americas St Petersburg St Petersburg USA
10 March 12 – March 15 TCR Asia Pacific Cup Melbourne Melbourne Australia
11 March 15 – March 15 NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville USA
12 March 13 – March 15 Supercars Melbourne Albert Park Australia
13 March 14 – March 15 British Rally Championship West Cork Rally Cork Ireland
14 March 19 – March 20 World Endurance Championship Sebring 1000km Sebring USA
15 March 21 – March 21 Formula E Sanya EPrix Sanya China
16 March 18 – March 21 IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring USA
17 March 20 – March 21 IMSA Challenge Sebring Sebring USA
18 March 20 – March 22 Moto GP Thailand Grand Prix Buriram International Circuit Thailand
19 March 21 – March 22 Super Taikyu Round one Suzuka Japan
20 March 21 – March 22 NASCAR Homestead-Miami 400 Homestead-Miami USA
21 March 20 – March 22 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit Bahrain
22 March 20 – March 22 Formula 2 Bahrain rounds Bahrain International Circuit Bahrain
23 March 20 – March 22 Formula 3 Bahrain rounds Bahrain International Circuit Bahrain
24 March 26 – March 28 24H Series 12H Estoril Estoril Portugal
25 March 27 – March 29 World Superbikes Spain Jerez Spain
26 April 4 – April 4 Formula E Rome Eprix Rome Italy
27 April 4 – April 5 Super Formula Round one Suzuka Japan
28 April 3 – April 5 Ferrari Challenge Europe Mugello round Mugello Italy
29 April 3 – April 5 Moto GP Americas Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas USA
30 April 3 – April 5 IndyCar Alabama Grand Prix Barber Motorsports Park USA
31 April 4 – April 5 European Le Mans Series Four Hours of Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya Spain
32 April 3 – April 5 Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix Hanoi Circuit Vietnam
33 April 3 – April 5 Indy Lights Alabama Grand Prix Barber Motorsports Park USA
34 April 3 – April 5 Indy Pro 2000 Alabama Grand Prix Barber Motorsports Park USA
35 April 3 – April 5 USF2000 Alabama Grand Prix Barber Motorsports Park USA
36 April 4 – April 5 Super Formula Lights Round one Suzuka Japan
37 April 15 – April 15 S5000 Melbourne Albert Park Australia
38 April 18 – April 18 Formula E Paris EPrix Paris France
39 April 17 – April 19 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit China
40 April 17 – April 19 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Shanghai round Shanghai International Circuit China
41 April 17 – April 19 Chinese Formula Four Shanghai round Shanghai International Circuit China
42 April 17 – April 19 GT World Challenge Europe Monza round Monza Italy
43 April 17 – April 19 Formula Renault Eurocup Monza round Monza Italy
44 April 17 – April 19 Moto GP Argentinian Grand Prix Termas de Rio Hondo Argentina
45 April 18 – April 19 World Rallycross Championship World RX of Spain Circuit de Catalunya Spain
46 April 24 – April 26 IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix Long Beach USA
47 April 24 – April 26 World Touring Car Cup Race of Hungary Hungaroring Hungary
48 April 23 – April 26 World Rally Championship Rally Argentina Argentina Argentina
49 April 24 – April 26 IMSA Long Beach Long Beach USA
50 April 25 – April 26 NASCAR Euro Series Valencia NASCAR GP Spain Valencia Spain
51 May 3 – May 3 Formula E Seoul EPrix Seoul South Korea
52 May 6 – May 6 Formula E Jakarta EPrix Jakarta Indonesia
53 May 7 – May 9 IndyCar Americas Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas USA
54 May 9 – May 10 European Le Mans Series Four Hours of Monza Monza Italy
55 October 9 – October 11 TCR China Wuhan Wuhan China
56 November 13 – November 15 24H Series 24H COTA Circuit of the Americas USA

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10 comments on “Over 75 races worldwide now cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus”

  1. Thanks for compiling this list! Crazy to see just how much has been affected!

    FYI TitansRX isn’t a ‘new’ series so to speak, it ran its first full season in 2019

  2. For NASCAR, it’s not just the Premier Cup series, but the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Truck series as well.

  3. Back into hibernation it is then. Makes for a change.

    Do stay safe, and do continue to support your local clubs, tracks and juniors.
    See you in June. Well, August. September, surely.

  4. About the last two: Are (or were) they ‘original’ dates for those events, or actually re-scheduled ones given how late into the year they’re set?

  5. So, for the moment at least, DTM and BTCC are going ahead? BTCC is largely domestic, but I’m a bit surprised at DTM as it attracts sizeable international crowds.

  6. I knew Friday the 13th was unlucky, but this one was unprecedented.

  7. Interesting, only one NHRA race on the list.

  8. Why don’t The organizer start sim races to replace the actual race with real drivers in the respective series? I see sim racing this year could be even bigger!

  9. … and not a single person has even a 0.001% improvement in their odds of avoiding infection due to any of those cancellations.

    But thousands will lose motorsport or event related jobs over the next few months.

    Penny wise, pound foolish.

  10. So… is everybody working on their 2021 cars? I would be. They have a whole factory with nothing to do. Maybe build mule cars in the off time. I seem to remember Ferrari did this with the hybrid engines.

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