IndyCar puts St Pete behind closed doors, but race still threatened

Indycar cancels the opening races

Indycar cancels the opening races

The race draws about 150,00 people to St. Petersburg each year, sparking concerns about further spread of COVID-19.

Kriseman, explaining the decision, said: "Since yesterday, we've learned of a coronavirus case at an open-air event similar to ours, [Daytona] Bike Week".

Petersburg was given the all clear earlier this week, but city mayor Rick Kriseman admitted the rampant COVID-19 crisis had since compelled him to revise his outlook on the race.

Developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies and tested multiple times since its first on-track assessment in October 2019, the Aeroscreen will appear on all cars competing in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida, US, on 15 March. Then at an EMS conference across the Bay from us.

"We are working with the promoters and IndyCar and will have more announcements later as to whether the race itself will run".

"We'll make our decision known to everyone as soon as it's concluded". But the reality now is that's just not possible.

The race will still be televised as planned, but obviously the news today will come as a massive disappointment to the legions of IndyCar fans that made the trip to St. Petersburg to watch the 2020 season-opener. "But I love this city and our residents more".

The joint statement was released INDYCAR and Green Savoree Racing Promotions which you can read below.

A limited number of deadline media with pre-approved credentials will also be permitted access to cover the event.

"As an innovative industry leader in aerospace transparencies, PPG is proud to play an important role in ensuring cockpit protection for drivers throughout the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season", said Brent Wright, PPG global director, aerospace transparencies. Formula 1, MotoGP, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Formula E and NASCAR have all had events impacted by the outbreak, with the organisers of each series making decisions to either run races behind closed doors or to cancel the events in their entirety.

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