The Month of May is upon us and while under normal circumstances that would mean we are on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice ahead of the Indianapolis 500, this year is completely different.
The world is currently experiencing unprecedented times due to the global COVID 19 pandemic meaning that the world has gone into lockdown due to the rapid spread of the virus.
Coronavirus does not discriminate, young or old, healthy or not, hundreds of thousands of people have been affected and while many people have recovered, thousands have sadly died from the virus.
The NTT IndyCar Series will return to real world racing for the first time in 2020 on June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with social distancing measures and further restrictions in place such as the race being held behind closed doors without fans after the postponement of the start of the new season which was due to get underway on March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which is now the final race of the year.
Back in Indianapolis, the Speedway may be silent there is still plenty of activity with frontline workers such as first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store employees making sure that the people of Indianapolis and Indiana remain safe during the COVID 19 pandemic.
There may be no track activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May apart from a filming day earlier this week featuring defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport for a special Indy 500 encore from 2019 for NBC, that doesn’t mean that there is anything else going on.
The American Dairy Association of Indiana who work with Indianapolis 500 with one of the farmers providing the milk for the Indy 500 have launched a special initiative called Hoosier Heroes to recognise an honor the people who have helped make life easier for others in Indiana during the pandemic or for their support such as EMT’s, healthcare workers and members of the community.
For more information about Hoosier Heroes visit https://winnersdrinkmilk.com/ and remember we are all in this together. Stay safe and stay home.
The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which was due to take place next Sunday, May 24 has been rescheduled for Sunday August 23.