While the world is still coming to terms with the pandemic, and many of us are still adjusting to life at home, the motor racing industry has stepped up and returned with a bang. With several world motor racing events on the calendar, there has never been a better time to be a motorsport fan.
One of the most anticipated motor racing events next year is the return of the IndyCar Series to America’s favorite sport city. Set to take place from March to October, the 2020 IndyCar Series presented by Crown Royal is sure to be another spectacular year of racing.
It’s well known that the IndyCar Series is one of motorsport’s most prestigious events. With several iconic venues across the country, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’ll be exciting to see which one is chosen to host the series in 2021.
The IndyCar Series is one of the most popular sporting events in the country, and in turn, one of the most popular motorsport series in the world. Having been running since 1914, the IndyCar Series is responsible for some of the most memorable sporting events of all time.
Along with the IndyCar Series, other motorsport events are set to return next year including the Daytona 500, and the famous 24-hour Le Mans endurance race. We’d love to see all these events take place in the same year, but given the current world situation and travel restrictions, it’s unlikely.
The Current State Of Affairs
The 2019 season was a strange one. While the IndyCar Series enjoyed a competitive field and close finishes at many tracks, many others saw the field be dominated by a few elite teams. That was reflected in the championship, where Team Penske took the crown with a 17-point margin over second-placed team Andretti Autosport.
The situation was similar at the 24-hour Le Mans race, where Toyota took a commanding 35-point lead over the closest competitor, Dempsey Proton Racing. Across the rest of the motorsport world, similar scenarios played out. From the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where Rival Motorsports took the checkered flag at Daytona for the first time in 70 years, to the all-new Formula 1 Championship where Team Austria dominated the season.
It wasn’t only about one or two teams dominating the field. It was a whole different world. Even the second-tier series saw a few standout teams, with the Indy Lights Series seeing its championship contested by just three teams. It wasn’t always about winning either. Many teams were involved in tactical plays to gain an edge, knowing that at the end of the day, the best driver would win.
While many teams and drivers adapted to the new normal, it wasn’t easy. The economic impact of the pandemic made it tough for some teams, with nearly 200 jobs being cut from the NASCAR Grand National Series in the offseason alone. The future of the IndyCar Series and other major motorsport events is looking uncertain at the moment. With the world slowly trying to rebuild, it’s crucial for the industry that we all pull together to ensure that motorsport continues to grow in the United States.
The 2021 Road To Recovery Plan
One of the biggest questions facing the motorsport industry is how to make racing events safe and feasible in the wake of the pandemic. While it’s great that so many racing events have been rescheduled to take place during the summer, the calendar is already starting to fill up again, and fans are wondering when they can get back out on the track. One of the major issues that persists is how to ensure the safety of the fans who attend these events. While most venues provide robust safety measures, such as strict guidelines for entering and exiting the venue and trackside medical personnel, they’re still vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. With some of the bigger races taking place in the United States, where fans and participants alike are coming from all over the world, the risk of picking up the virus and bringing it back is very real.
Rescheduling The Events
One of the first steps that was taken to help ensure the health of the fans and participants alike during the pandemic was to reschedule the majority of the major motor racing events.
The response from the racing community has been incredible, with many events welcoming the opportunity to reset their date and take place during the summer, in the sunnier climes. With several big-name drivers, teams, and manufacturers in the field, the response was undoubtedly positive. The majority of the events were moved to the summer, which means they’ll take place either at night or early in the morning, to ensure minimal impact on the public. That reduces the risk of a panic-buying scenario, where individuals rush out to buy what they think is necessary to avoid sickness. With more people working from home, relying on online shops and delivery services, it’s crucial that we avoid such pitfalls.
The return of the Indianapolis 500 was one of the first events to be rescheduled. The popular IndyCar race will now take place on June 11, 2021. While many people might be disappointed that the Indy 500 was the first event to be rescheduled, the organizers did the right thing by prioritizing the health of the fans and participants. After all, it’s not every day that we get to celebrate America’s greatest sporting event, and it’s a day that involves lots of driving, stretching, and possibly even some partying!
One of the things that makes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so special is its place in American sports history. For decades, the speedway has been the home of the IndyCar Series, and it’ll be exciting to see what the track and its infrastructure can do to welcome the IndyCar Series back with open arms in 2021.
While the speedway will undergo a rigorous safety audit to ensure that it’s prepared to host a major motorsport event, it’s the responsibility of the organizers to ensure that the health and safety of the participants, spectators, and contractors is top priority. For decades, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the home of the IndyCar Series, and it’ll be exciting to see what the track and its infrastructure can do to welcome the IndyCar Series back with open arms in 2021.
Medical Personnel On-Site
Not only will the speedway be checked for safety, but the entire facility. From the grandstands to the paddock, everyone at the track will be required to wear protective gear. While this might not seem like a big deal in the age of AIs, it’s a marked difference from how the sport was practiced before the pandemic. We’re looking to bring back as much of the old IndyCar spirit as we can, and ensuring that everyone, including the drivers, are protected is a great place to start.
Reduced Entry For All
One of the most anticipated aspects of any motorsport season is the return of the drivers and teams to the track. With several of the big-name drivers, teams, and manufacturers taking a well-deserved break, it was the perfect opportunity to introduce a whole new generation of American thrill seekers to the sport. It’s important to note that for the 2021 IndyCar Series, reduced entry will be implemented. Everyone, even the most hardcore enthusiasts, will have to follow the guidelines put forward by experts to avoid mass gatherings. While it might be frustrating for those who have been waiting for years to finally get a chance to see their favorite drivers and teams on the track, the health and safety of the participants is the top priority during these uncertain times. In addition to the safety measures already in place, reduced entry will help limit the spread of COVID-19 at the track and keep everyone safe.
It’s been a tough 18 months, and it’ll be interesting to see how the motorsport industry copes with the pandemic in the future. From the way things are looking, it’s a promising sign that the sport is thriving, with several iconic venues and events looking to welcome back their visitors and participants.