Is Speedway Top Tier Gas 2021? [Expert Review!]

In April 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented a planned meeting of the “Formula One” world championship, otherwise known as the “Grand Prix” of sports car racing. Scheduled for April 12-14, the highly anticipated race was postponed until June 24-27.

The postponement of “Grand Prix” was just one of the many racing-related events that were canceled or postponed in the wake of the pandemic. Among the others, we can name the canceled or postponed 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans, the canceled or postponed 2021 Daytona 24 Hours, and the canceled or postponed 2022 Tour de France Automobile.

The year 2021 also saw the postponement of more than a dozen top-level “sportscar” races around the world, including the canceled or postponed 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours, the 2021 24 Hours of Spa, the 2021 Australian Grand Prix, the postponed 2021 Argentinian Grand Prix, the 2021 24 Hours of Silverstone, and more.

With the world of motorsport already in a state of flux as a result of the pandemic, it is a good moment to ask if “Speedway” — the greatest of all sports car races and the most important race of the year for many racing fans — remains at the top tier of American motorsport.

Let’s take a quick look at where “Speedway” stands right now and whether it is still a top-level race, and in turn, whether it is still relevant to the top tiers of American motorsport.

Where Does Speedway Rank Amongst Sports Cars?

Nowadays, “Speedway” is the second most important “sportscar” race in America, just behind “The 24 Hours of Le Mans.” The iconic Brickyard Grand Prix was also held in April this year, but for safety reasons, spectators were kept at a distance by the organizers. The race was therefore run largely online, with live video feeds available to those who could access them.

Even before the pandemic, “Speedway” had started to lose some of its luster. Back in 2019, the race had to be moved to the afternoon due to bad weather conditions. However, things started changing for the better in 2020. Thanks in large part to the booming online motorsport world, where fans could virtually attend any kind of race and follow the action online, people are starting to see “Speedway” as a whole new ballgame.

What Does The Future Of ‘Speedway’ Look Like?

Although the fate of “Life On The Laguna” doesn’t directly impact the ranking of “Speedway,” it is interesting to examine what might happen to the famed California race as a result of the pandemic. The first and foremost question, of course, is: When will we see the 2021 version of “Speedway”?

The answer, amazingly, is almost right here, in 2021. On June 25, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) announced that the famed Brickyard Grand Prix and the Speedway Grand Prix would be held on October 4 and 5, respectively.

The CSAC also stated that they would be monitoring how the Covid-19 pandemic affects public health and safety, and that any necessary regulations would be disseminated by the end of June 2021. The final rules for the Grand Prix are available online, and racing fans can follow the action live, beginning at 6 p.m. PDT on the evening of the race.

Although the health and safety of the fans and the integrity of the sport are essential, the CSAC’s decision to hold on the Grand Prix was also fueled by the desire for some good old-fashioned competition. In March 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 pandemic a global health emergency, and in recent months, a number of “sportscar” races have been postponed or canceled, including the prestigious “24 Hours of Le Mans” and “The 24 Hours of Spa.” With the CSAC looking to revamp their racing calendar and the 2021 season already in progress, “Speedway” seems like a perfect fit for the calendar.

The fact that it is still possible to hold a “speedway” race in October is a testament to just how relevant this iconic American race is to the overall world of motorsport. In the coming months, we will likely see more races being moved to the autumn, as the summer season has virtually been wiped out by the pandemic. “Speedway” is, therefore, in a prime position to carve out a niche for itself as the premier race of the American motorsport season.

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