The COVID-19 outbreak has been spiralling out of control lately. Things have been getting cancelled left and right without any warnings and has affected schools and many other things. Multiple sports and sporting events getting cancelled is one major thing a lot of us are not liking right now. For me, I’m getting angry and upset about racing being postponed or cancelled.
Racing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I don’t remember anything bad like this happening to the world of motorsports before. The NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was the first racing event to get affected by it. Race officials originally said that they were going to run the race, but it would be without fans. All of us NASCAR fans were very angry but grateful that we could still watch the race. Later on, the next thing we heard from NASCAR was the Homestead race was also going to run without fans. The final thing that we heard from those two races is that they got cancelled because of the Coronavirus. The latest thing that we’ve heard from NASCAR was that all races up to May 3rd have been cancelled. The NASCAR community was instantly furious about it. We all knew that it was to keep the drivers, teams, fans, and more safe, but we were mad at the fact there wouldn’t be any racing for about two months. NASCAR said that they intend to still run all 36 races on the schedule, which is nice seeing that they are willing to still run every race.
The NTT IndyCar Series is another major racing series that got affected by the Coronavirus. The first race of their 2020 season was supposed to start last Sunday at the streets of St. Petersburg, but that didn’t happen. Only a few days before the weekend started, IndyCar said that they were going to continue to run the race as scheduled but condense the NTT IndyCar Series into two days. They also said that the race would be run without fans just like what NASCAR originally did. The IndyCar community took this way better than the NASCAR community. The IndyCar community was instantly understanding of the matter and was just happy that the race was still going to happen. When the first day of the race weekend came, the Indy Lights series started off the weekend. They completed the session and everything seemed to be going in full swing for the weekend. Sadly that didn’t happen. Later that day, IndyCar announced that it would cancel the rest of the St. Petersburg race weekend. To me, that really got me fed up since they already started the race weekend but cancelled it last minute. IndyCar later announced that they would cancel all of the first four races on the 2020 schedule. Now the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season opener will be the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9th. The GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis will also be the first race I will go to see in person for 2020 and I hope nothing happens for the race weekend. But we will have to wait and see what will happen. My fingers are crossed that it stays as scheduled.
As you can see, the COVID-19 outbreak has really affected the world of motorsports. If you are a racing fan, keep your fingers crossed that nothing bad is going to happen to the racing world in the next few months. Hopefully the spread of the Coronavirus will go down and we might be able to start some racing back up earlier than scheduled, but I doubt that will happen. For me, I hope the COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t get worse so us racing fans can have something to enjoy every weekend.