NASCAR shifts gears on 2020 Brickyard 400 date

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 23: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, crosses the finish line under caution to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Brickyard 400 is set to make another schedule change.

Our media partners with the IndyStar, citing a NASCAR source, were the first to report that the 2020 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would move to the Fourth of July weekend.

The change marks the race’s third different date in four years.

IMS hosted the inaugural Brickyard 400 in August 1994. The race remained in August for several years until it moved to July in 2007. Then, in 2018, it was time for another change: the race was held in September. The 2019 edition is scheduled for Sept. 8, 2019.

Organizers moved the race later to avoid the summer heat, which they felt had a negative impact on attendance and ticket sales. They’ve tried attracting interest by holding concerts and other events around the race. Still, attendance has lagged.

IMS and NASCAR officially announced the change Tuesday afternoon, with IMS officials saying the move would create “a new marquee summer event in Indianapolis and on the national sporting calendar.”

The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, 2020.

In addition to the race, Florida Georgia Line Fest and the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Championship event will also move to the new weekend next year.

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