NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske has a lot to be proud of following his first year as the owner of the Speedway despite the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.
Penske, Mark Miles, Douglas Boles, Jay Frye and the entire team at Penske Entertainment Corporation have worked tirelessly to enhance fan experience.
The 2020 season was due to start in March but as we headed to St Petersburg concerns were raised as news began to surface regarding COVID 19, as a result the race was postponed.
The following races were postponed due to the pandemic with teams shutting down their shops and team management working from home. Zoom video conferencing became the norm as as drivers waited to see if they would going racing, the NTT IndyCar Series entered into a partnership with iRacing, launching the incredibly successful IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge.
Drivers from Formula One, NASCAR and Australian Supercars joined the iracing challenge with Scott McLaughlin crowned champion.
Scott McLaughlin who tested for Team Penske last year and made his race debut in the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg transitions to a full-time IndyCar Series driver this year with Team Penske.
Penske has seen McLaren return to the NTT IndyCar Series and during the pandemic which is ongoing he ensured that all teams involved in the series survived and went so far as to pay their lease agreements with Firestone.
No driver in the NTT IndyCar Series have tested positive for COVID-19 and Mr Penske and the race organisers with the help of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series who came back to racing first.
When we returned to racing in June, it was five series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda who took the bull by the horns winning three races of the season in Texas, on the Indy road course and Road America race one.
The NTT IndyCar Series managed to pull off the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which took place in August for the first time in the races history with Takuma Sato winning his second Indianapolis 500. Penske Entertainment Corporation spent millions on upgrading facilities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scott The Iceman Dixon won his sixth NTT IndyCar Series championship. As for what this season has in store, unfortunately, COVID 19 has caused problems and will continue to do so. It was announced this week that the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which was due to take place from March 5-7 has been moved to April 25 while the season will start on April 11 with Barber Motorsports Park.
Keep up the great work Mr Penske!