NASCAR has released the news that they will begin live racing again on May 17, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One racing hope to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Like many state governors, Indiana state governor Eric Holcomb is making plans to reopen the state, including a return to racing with fans in the stands; but with some social distancing guidelines.
The Governor is hoping that the July 4 weekend – the date that was originally scheduled to host an IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader – will be the day that fans can return to the track for some racing action. The Brickyard 400 is scheduled to run the next day on July 5.
Penske Entertainment Corporation president Mark Miles noted that there may be other precautions required depending on the health situation at the time; adding that plans could change depending on whether or not there is a resurgence of the Covid-19 virus.
The annual Indianapolis 500 that usually takes place on Memorial Day weekend has been rescheduled for August 23.
Miles noted that they are hoping the IndyCar racing season can get underway on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Formula One racing has missed 10 races due to lock down orders and a ban on large crowds has spread across Europe due to the Covid-19 virus.
F1 is looking to resume the season on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix in the Styrian mountains. Formula One is looking to revive their season with 15 to 18 of the 22 racing season.
Normally F1 runs every two weeks but in hopes of salvaging as much of the season as possible, they may run some races on consecutive weekends.
F1 officials have noted that one major concern is the safety of everyone involved in the circuit and ensuring that they have all been tested and cleared to be a part of the racing events.
The isolated nature of the Red Bull Ring in Austria makes it easier to control the environment to ensure safety; but the British Grand Prix on July 19 is not and has officials contemplating running the race without the fans.
The tracks in Hungary and Belgium are also rather isolated. Formula One is looking to hold races in Eurasia, Asia, the Americas, Bahrain, and Abu Dhabi; however, future racing plans are all contingent on the control of the virus.
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