The stage is all set for NASCAR and IndyCar to shine. It’s unfortunate to come under these circumstances, but March 11 and March 12 will go down as a dark day in infamy for the sports world. It’s will be forever remembered as the day the sports world went dark.
Most sporting events will remain that way for the foreseeable future. The Coronavirus has wrecked havoc around this planet of ours and sparring no one. The fear quickly turned widespread over the past week. The once unthinkable became real on Wednesday when the NBA halted games and postponed the rest of the 2019-2020 season indefinitely.
As a result, most sporting events around the world followed suit. All NCAA events, winter and spring are canceled, as in done. The NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS and other sporting leagues have postponed their seasons too. But, what about racing.
This has been no doubt, a crazy last 24-48 hours. The racing world was certainly affected, but in a much minimal way than what other sports have been.
First off, the 12 Hours of Sebring has been postponed until November. Formula E has been postponed a couple of months. The next three Supercross races have been postponed. The first three races of the Formula One season have been postponed (Australia, Bahrain and Vietnam). The earliest that F1 will race is now May 3 in the Dutch Grand Prix. But, there’s talks that even that race could be affected. Europe is fighting widespread out breaks over there and from May through mid-June, there’s all European races (Netherlands, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan).
But, NASCAR and the NTT IndyCar Series are pushing forward this weekend as planned. The stage is theirs. Nothing in terms of scheduling for NASCAR has been altered while IndyCar will instead go from a three-day show to two. All without fans.
Rules are also in place for media members to not having virtually any in person contact with the drivers or teams either, but the NASCAR weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as the IndyCar and Road to Indy weekend on the streets of St. Pete will go on.
With most sporting events canceled or postponed for the immediate future, racing will push forward albeit with no fans in attendance.
Future plans for NASCAR post Homestead are pending. For IndyCar, St. Pete and Barber are still on schedule, but the third race of the season in Long Beach has been postponed. City officials announced that on Thursday.
The fourth race of the season in COTA at Austin, TX is as of now on schedule. After that, is the Month of May in Indy.