We are going racing! The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway on Saturday June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Following six weeks of lockdown due to the COVID 19 global pandemic, IndyCar teams returned to work this week in order to prepare for the race next month.
IndyCar announced on Thursday that due to the COVID 19 pandemic it will run a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day.
The race will be held behind closed doors without fans with the following restrictions in place as laid out by the Centre For Disease Control following consultation with Texas health officials:
• Strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on site
• A health screening system administered to all participants
• PPE equipment provided to everyone entering the facility, along with guidelines on usage
• Social distancing protocols in place and carefully maintained
• Revised competition layout to increase distancing
The race, which under normal circumstances would be 248 laps has been reduced to 200 laps in order to accommodate the condensed schedule. Speaking about the news, IndyCar President Jay Frye said:
We’re excited and ready to kick off the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season at Texas Motor Speedway. “We’ve worked closely with Eddie Gossage, the entire TMS team and public health officials on a plan of action that will ensure the safety of our event participants alongside an exciting return to competition for our drivers, teams and viewers tuning in from around the world.
The schedule for the days event looks like this:
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice: 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET)
• NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifications: 5 p.m. (ET)
• Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway: 8:45 p.m. (ET)
Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage said:
America needs live sports and they are not going to believe what they see when the Genesys 300 storms into their living rooms on TV from Texas. “One of the world’s greatest sporting events, the Indy 500, has been postponed until August by coronavirus, so all of that pent-up energy, anticipation, frustrations and anxiety will be pounding through the drivers’ nervous systems. Typically, the Genesys 300 results in a 220-mph photo finish.