The 2020 IndyCar Series kicks off this weekend. The first match against St. Petersburg is expected to take place on schedule, despite the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States. St. Petersburg’s mayor spoke.
Multiple cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Pinellas County, Florida, where St. Petersburg is located. Despite this, the city’s mayor Rick Chrisman said at a press conference on Wednesday that the opening round for IndyCar would be held as scheduled. The Tampa Bay Times reports so.
“We are still going to have the race on schedule on Sunday.”
“If you’re not feeling well, please watch the race at home on the NBC Sports.”
“City residents should be aware that we are taking every precautionary measure to provide a safe experience,” said the local mayor. He claims that the county’s risk remains low.
Race promoter Kevin Savoree of Green Savoree Racing Promotions says that the track surface is more disinfected than ever since Albert Whitted Airport is near the circuit.
“There is no change to the schedule of the IndyCar series at the moment”, Mark Miles, CEO of Penske Entertainment, who owns the series. The second round of the Honda Indy Grand Prix Of Alabama, scheduled for April 5, will be held in Leeds, Alabama, one of the twelve unidentified states of the new coronavirus. .
Jim Michelian, chairman and CEO of the Long Beach Grand Prix Association, said he would closely monitor the spread of the new coronavirus. In Los Angeles County, California, where Long Beach is located, about 20 infected cases have been reported, and the St. Patrick’s Day street festival scheduled for Pine Avenue, which is part of the IndyCar course, has been canceled.
The final will take place on April 26 in Round 4 of Austin. Although the MotoGP Americas Grand Prix, scheduled for early April, has been canceled.