The state of Indiana will go into lockdown from Wednesday 25th March until at least April 7 after state governor Eric Holcomb ordered Hoosiers to stay home.
Holcombe has told people other than essential workers to stay home and has signed an executive order on Monday suspending the licences for food and beverage establishments who are not following the strict carry out or drive thru order.
The lockdown could potentially see the postponement of the month of May events planned at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway including the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place on May 24.
Speaking to Paddock Eye on Sunday evening, Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull said that they were still planning for the month of May but that they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis given the fluidity of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The lockdown is likely to be extended beyond April 7. The NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have said they will consider all options but with social distancing in place and airlines cancelling flights and hotels andother businesses closing indefinitely the NTT IndyCar Series need to follow the lead of other major motorsport around the world such as Formula One and the WEC who have either cancelled or postponed their big events in the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 hours of LeMans.