NASCAR is set to begin its season on Sunday, May 17 with the Indy cars to follow suit next month.

IndyCar is set to begin their racing season on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway under the lights but without fans.

The Texas race was the next one on the schedule after portions of the races were postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

IndyCar President Jay Frye and TMS President Eddie Gossage have worked with public health officials to, “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.”

Eddie Gossage spoke on the event saying, ““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.”

The event will feature practice, qualifying, and racing in the same day.

IndyCar will have health screenings to all participants, personal protection equipment available for everyone on site, and initiate strict access to the track.  Social distancing practices will also be enforced.

IndyCar has been running races at the mile and a half track in Texas since 1997.

 

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