IndyCar Chief Executive Mark Miles has said that while the series are still hoping that they will run the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 24, it is too early to know what is possible.
Speaking to the AFP new agency on Friday, Miles said:
What I can say is that organizing the 104th Indianapolis 500 mile race is our highest priority,”
Miles went on to say:
“It’s impossible to know exactly what effect the crisis will have on this, but I’m completely sure, if it’s possible to be sure, that we’ll run the 500.
COVID 19 is not just impacting sport but it has had a major impact on everyone’s day to day life worldwide with California and New York going into lockdown to help stem the spread of the virus.
In Europe, countries have also gone into lockdown and introduced emergency measures to help reduce the rate of infection.
Miles has said that although no cases have been reported within the IndyCar Series they are monitoring the situation and should they deem it necessary they will change the date of the Indianapolis 500 but for now it is full steam ahead for the month of May.
Miles’ comments come despite the fact that NTT IndyCar Series teams have temporarily shut their race shops with team personnel and drivers in self isolation following advice from WHO (World Health Organisation).
The CDC ( Centre for Disease Control) has advised postponing public gatherings of more than ten people.
This week it was announced that Formula One’s iconic Monaco Grand Prix which was due to take place on May 24, the same day as the Indianapolis 500 has been cancelled while the World Endurance Championship have postponed their main event, the 24 Hours of LeMans until September.
Even in IndyCar, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it has been temporarily closed until April 6 at the earliest.
The opening four races of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season were cancelled due to COVID 19 with both organisers of the race in St Petersburg and Long Beach saying that they cannot reschedule their races for later in the season.