By: Spencer Neff
May 7, 2020 | 1:32 PM
Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the NTT IndyCar Series schedule has been amended once more.
This afternoon, the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway was confirmed. Although racing will go on, there will be several modifications.
What was scheduled to be a 248-lap event at the 1.5-mile oval will now be 200 laps, altering the name to the Genesys 300 to reflect the modified race distance.
Additionally, the schedule has been reduced to one day. On Saturday, June 6, preparations for the race will begin with a two-hour practice session at 1:30 p.m. Easter Time. At 5:00, qualifying will be held and the race will begin 8:45 pm. Additionally, the event will be held without spectators in attendance.
Practice will be available for streaming via NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar Pass, with qualifying and the race broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.
Continuing with enhanced precautions initiated by the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, IndyCar announced the following measures for the event.
• 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
We’re excited and ready to kick off the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season at Texas Motor Speedway,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said in today’s release.
“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.”
In the release, Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage underscored the anticipation surrounding his track’s race.
“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,” said Gossage.
“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.”
Regarding the remainder of the season, IndyCar said “The remainder of the updated, 15-race INDYCAR calendar for 2020, announced April 6, remains on schedule for competition.”
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