Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon powers around the course at Mid-Ohio in 2019 in his No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. Dixon and the other NTT IndyCar Series stars will return to Mid-Ohio next month for what is now being reported as a double-header race weekend.

LEXINGTON -- It appears the upcoming NTT IndyCar Series race weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be twice the fun.

According to Motorsport.com, the IndyCar weekend scheduled at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 7-9 will will be a double-header, with one of the two races replacing the Grand Prix of Portland.

According to the story on the popular racing website, IndyCar teams were informed Thursday that the race scheduled Sept. 13 at Portland International Raceway was being cancelled.

Public confirmation is currently expected Monday, Motorsports.com reported.

Oregon's statewide restrictions on crowd gatherings during COVID-19, which had been 250 people, was going to make an event difficult at the Portland race track, the website said. Earlier this week, Gov. Kate Brown reduced that to 100 as COVID-19 cases rise.

According to Motorsport.com, the event’s promoters, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, have "worked through some tough times during this pandemic, with its traditional season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg halted at the last minute and currently scheduled as the season-closer in October, and the Honda Indy Toronto canceled for this year."

Mid-Ohio, which on the original 2020 IndyCar schedule was set to host the 14th round of the season on Aug. 16, will instead host the seventh and eighth rounds on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, Motorsport.com reported.

According to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website, the permanent road course facility will itself be opened to limited spectators for the Honda Indy 200.

"The event will operate under the “Responsible RestartOhio” guidelines for COVID-19 after receiving approval from the local health department for limited spectator attendance, under specific protocols," the website said.

"In accordance with Ohio’s statewide mask mandate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators are required to wear facial coverings while on property and will be subject to a temperature check and health screening when entering the facility," the website said.

The double-header would be the third straight for IndyCar after earlier events at Road America and Iowa Speedway.

Motorsport.com reported the weekend would include a practice session on Aug. 8, followed by qualifying and then the race. Another qualifying session would take place Sunday, followed by a second race.

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