The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of the premier Road to Indy event in 2021. Indy Lights announced its 20-race 2021 schedule on Thursday, notably without the Freedom 100, its biggest race of the year, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The loss of that race is due to concerns over lingering effects of the pandemic that could potentially interfere with the scheduling for next year’s Indianapolis 500.
“Reserving the month of May schedule for the (IndyCar Series) provides maximum flexibility to prioritize Indy 500 on-track activities,” the series said in a statement provided to IndyStar. “In 2020, we’ve learned this flexibility is the key to ensure we’re able to successfully race the Indianapolis 500.
“We will stay in constant communication with the Indy Lights series and will continue to evaluate future opportunities.”