The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled due to coronavirus concerns. [Dan R. Boyd/Contributed]

The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Thursday.

The Indy 500, which dates to 1911, was originally scheduled for May 24. Except for a four-year period (1942-45) when it was cancelled due to World War II, the race has been run in May — typically on the Sunday before Memorial Day — every year of its existence.

“The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway chairman Roger Penske said. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.

“We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”

Also rescheduled was the May 9 GMR Grand Prix, which will now be run on July 4.

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