June 2020 News
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Indy Lights Season Cancelled

June 1 - INDYCAR and Andersen Promotions today
announced that Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
competition will be deferred until 2021 following a joint
meeting over the weekend to address several variables
affecting the 2020 calendar. Due to the COVID-19
pandemic, and modifications to the INDYCAR race
calendar as a result, multiple companion events were
cancelled for the series, rendering the 2020 season no
longer viable.

“The effects of the global pandemic on businesses,
including racing, have been severe,” said
Dan Andersen,
Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “The changes
to our overall calendar of races as well as each event
weekend’s scheduling and the ability for some of our
drivers to compete has impacted the Indy Lights series far
more harshly than our other two championships. With less
of a cushion to begin with, it became increasingly apparent
that the 2020 season was in jeopardy and the best plan was
to take a pause, reconstitute for 2021, and do our best to
enhance the Indy Lights championship for next season.

“After discussions with INDYCAR and understanding of
their firm commitment to Indy Lights going forward, we,
together, decided to suspend the 2020 Indy Lights season.
We recognize that this will cause some hardships, but we
hope all participants will realize the necessity of this
decision and we look ahead to 2021 with a promise of
better things to come.”

The two junior levels of the Road to Indy – the Indy Pro
2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – will continue with
a full season of competition in 2020.
Carlin Withdraws Entry From Texas Race

June 2 - The first IndyCar race of the season finally
happens this weekend in Texas.  

Carlin tweeted today that they have to withdraw their #31
entry, but say
Conor Daly will be there in the #59 car.

Earlier in the season, Carlin announced that Daly would
fill in for
Max Chilton at the four oval races that Chilton
doesn't want to race on. (Daly will be driving on all the
street and road courses for Ed Carpenter Racing.

While Carlin had originally planned to get Brazilian
to drive the #31 just at the first race of the season at
St Pete, I've never heard them announce a regular driver
for the car.

While they blame the European economy, I wonder why
there is no mention of a driver being withdrawn; if they
had one.
F1 Announces First 8 Races for 2020

June 2 - Formula One has revealed the details of the first
eight races on the revised calendar.

The opening eight races of the calendar will take place in
Europe, across six circuits:
Red Bull Ring, AUSTRIA
Red Bull Ring, AUSTRIA
Hungaroring, HUNGARY
Silverstone, BRITIAN
Silverstone, BRITIAN
Catalunya, SPAIN
Monza, ITALY
July 5
July 12
July 19
Aug 2
Aug 9
Aug 16
Aug 30
Sep 6
Concerning pandemic precautions that will be taken, F1
boss Chase Carey said, “We will test before you go there,
then there will be testing every two days. There are
processes if we find an infection. We recognise there is the
possibility so we’re prepared to appropriately deal with it,
if we find a positive infection. We’re working on putting in
place tracking capabilities, we have two different tracking

“In many ways, it will be like living in a bubble from when
you start travelling on charter planes. There will be
controlled transportation to hotels, transportation back and
forth to the track from hotels. And probably within it, sub
bubbles of people who operate different functions and it is
set up to manage the processes, make sure we have the
right protective equipment and social distancing.

“We’d like to have fans at the events,” he says. “But
we’re not going to have fans at our first events.
F1 hopes to hold 15-18 races this season if all goes well.
Tony Kanaan's Farewell Tour Kicks Off

June 3 - Tony Kanaan announced his long time sponsor
7-11 is returning and he'll have his old livery back on his
car for the Texas IndyCar race this weekend.

Kanaan decided to retire from IndyCar driving, but was
first going to run the oval races in 2020.

The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner is set for career start
No. 318  – driving the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet
alongside the team’s new full-season driver,
, in the No. 4 Chevy.

Kanaan has yet to drive an IndyCar fitted with the new
aeroscreen cockpit protection system.
Kanaan Became 2004 IRL Champion with his Win at Texas
Brickyard 400 To Run without Spectators

June 4 - Due to pandemic restriction in Indianapolis, the
speedway will have to hold the much anticipated July 4th
weekend events without spectators.

These events include the NASCAR Brickyard 400, the
INDYCAR GMR Grand Prix and the new Xfinity
Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard races.

Everyone in Central Indiana and around the country can
tune in to the historic NASCAR-INDYCAR double-header
weekend live on NBC. This will be the first time the
NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series have
shared the same track with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES
on the same event weekend.
Fans who have purchased reserved seats or general
admission tickets to the GMR Grand Prix, Pennzoil 150
or Brickyard 400 will have the option for a credit to future
IMS events, such as the 2020 Indianapolis 500 presented
by Gainbridge or Harvest GP, or a refund.
IMS will contact these fans directly.

Other public events surrounding the weekend have been
canceled given the decision to run all races without fans.
This includes the Driven2SaveLives BC39 USAC Midget
race and the FGL Fest concert. Fans who have purchased
tickets to these events also will have the option to receive
credit to a future IMS event or a refund and will be
contacted directly by IMS.

The NBC television schedule for the weekend will be
released soon.
Texas IndyCar Race

June 6 - The pandemic stalled the start of the IndyCar
season, but they took their first tentative steps to return to
racing this weekend at Texas.  

Prior to the pandemic, IndyCars would often have two
practice sessions on Friday, another on Saturday, followed
by Qualifying.  A morning warm-up might precede the race
on Sunday.

The weekend was shrunk to one day which included a
1’40” practice session, time trials, and an evening race on
the Fort Worth Texas 1 ½ mile oval track.  

Another big change was that there were no spectators.

This would also be the first time the new aeroscreens were
race tested.  On top of that, there were new untested tire
compounds.  Because of that, IndyCar mandated that cars
must pit at least every 35 laps for new tires.

PRACTICE began at 1:30 pm on a sunny day with
temperatures in the mid-90s.  Rookies were allowed out
Rinus VK crashed his Ed Carpenter Chevrolet doing
moderate damage.

After the veterans joined the practice, there were three
more incidents.  
Ryan Hunter-Reay went high and made
contact with the wall.  
Ed Carpenter spun into the infield
and scraped the wall.  
Takuma Sato went high and
wrecked his car so badly that he missed the race.  All four
drivers were ok.  Sato’s wreck may be blamed on some
slippery stuff on the track in the higher two lanes of the
corners.  (A compound was used on the track last
November to give traction to stock cars.  It was supposed
to have been removed, but appeared to still be there.  It
may have caused further incidences later in the race and
seemed to keep passing very restsricted.

Scott Dixon was the fastest in practice, turning a lap of
215.995 mph on the second-to-last of his 60 laps.

However, come QUALIFYING, Dixon was eclipsed by
Josef Newgarden who edge him for the pole in his Penske


Newgarden led the first 31 laps.  Then Dixon passed him
and Newgarden pitted. After he was done, most of the
other cars also pit.  Dixon maintained the lead after his pit.

On Lap 37, rookie VK got out of the groove and drifted up
and into the wall, then spun down across the track,
collecting rookie
Alex Palou.  That wreck ended the race
for both drivers.

During the 2nd pit stop, Newgarden took the lead over
Dixon for first place, but Dixon passed him six laps later.  
By lap 118, Dixon’s teammate,
Felix Rosenqvist, got by
Newgarden to take over 2nd place.

Rosenqvist pulled to within .04-second of Dixon with 35
laps to go.  Dixon struggled to find the grip to pass the
lapped Honda of
Alexander Rossi.

Both Dixon and Rosenqvist got past Rossi on Lap 169.
Two laps later, Dixon was forced to check up behind the
Honda of
Marco Andretti, letting Rosenqvist stay close.

The two cars raced in unison around the track for the next
16 laps before Rosenqvist pit for for his final stop on Lap
186. Dixon followed suit with his last pit stop on Lap 189
and hustled from pit lane to stay ahead of Rosenqvist when
re-entering the back straight from pit lane, albeit in traffic.

Rosenqvist was flying, having turned the fastest lap of the
race – 215.025 mph – on Lap 189. But he, too, got stuck
behind traffic while pursuing Dixon.

Desperate to stay up with Dixon, Rosenqvist’s car wiggled
on Lap 191 while passing James Hinchcliffe’s Honda in
Turn 2.  Rosenqvist nearly caught his car, but it did a
half-spin and hit the wall ending his night and triggering the
last of four caution periods. He was unhurt.

Charlie Kimball, driving for AJ Foyt Racing, had started
7th and immediately began working his way up the grid
until the first pit stop, where he ended up back in 7th.  
Zach Veach passed him on Lap 75.  After the 2nd round
of pits Kimball was up to 6th.  He worked his way up to
4th with some impressive passing, but once again fell back
to 8th during the 3rd round of pit stops.  
Kimball was in 6th before Rosenqvist wrecked bringing out
the final caution.  Kimball ended up back in 11th for the
restart on Lap 197.  He crashed on the last lap but retained
the position at the checkered flag as everyone behind him
was a lap down.  I would have really like to seen the race
end better for him and the Foyt team.

Dixon led 157 of the 200 laps and finished 4.4-seconds
ahead of second-place finisher
Simon Pagenaud.

The victory gave the 39-year-old a win in 18 seasons, tying
an all-time mark held by A.J. Foyt, while extending Dixon’s
record of consecutive seasons with a victory to 16.  With
the 47th win of his career, Dixon now sits five shy of Mario
Andretti for second all-time.

“It’s not often you get a car like that, just very thankful to
have that. The team gave me an amazing car, and it was a
fun night for us and great to be back in the car after such a
long break,” Dixon said. “It was just nice to drive in traffic.
Never really had to push too hard and just tried to make
sure we could stay ahead of the rest of them.”

I thought it was a good exciting race, but I think IndyCar
went overboard on the use of masks and social distancing
during driver interviews.  After all, they had mic’s on
extension poles.  It was just plain stupid to make drivers
wear masks when they are posing for photos by their car,
out away from anyone.  Similarly, there was no one
around during the victory celebration except Dix and Chip
and Dixon once again was wearing a mask.  While it is
annoying to watch an interview when you can't see their
face,  I must assume IndyCar and NBC are just trying to set
a good example.

The “podium” is where you really miss the crowd – it was
much quieter than normal.  

I wish the track owners would figure out a way to spread
spectators out in the stands to allow some type of audience.
Josef Newgarden Won the Pole
and Finished in 3rd Place.
I really liked his new livery!
Scott Dixon Celebrates Win with Team Owner
Chip Ganassi
Scott Dixon
Simon Pagenaud
Josef Newgarden
Zach Veach
Ed Carpenter
Conor Daly
Colton Herta
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Oliver Askew (R)
Tony Kanaan
Ganassi Racing
Team Penske
Team Penske
Andretti Autosport
Ed Carpenter
Carlin Racing
Harding Steinbrenner
Andretti Autosport
Arrow McLaren SP
AJ Foyt Racing
Corvette Pace Car Homecoming

June 17 - One hundred and fifty Indy 500 Corvette Pace
Cars will be on display inside the Indy Speedway in the south
lot of the Museum from Aug 14-16, 2020.

This coincides with the Indy 500 that is being held in August.  
The cars will be on display from Fast Friday through the 2nd
Day of Qualifying.

The display is free to everyone attending.

Admission for Fast Friday is $15 and $20 for Saturday and

1978, 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004-08, 2012-13, 2015,

So far, the 2020 Pace Car has NOT been announced.
1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car
2008 30th Anniversary Corvette Festival Car
How Iowa Speedway Will Social Distance

Jun 18 - Limited spectators will be allowed into the Iowa
Speedway July 17-18

The race weekend will feature two races for the IndyCar
series on back-to-back nights.  There will be an ARCA
stock car race on Saturday afternoon.

Only a limited number of tickets will be available for the
upcoming race weekend with each group of fans in
attendance separated by at least 6 feet of distancing.

All previously purchased tickets for the race weekend will
be honored by Iowa Speedway, including season tickets.
Seating will be reassigned for all existing ticketholders in
order to follow safe social distancing guidelines.
Ticketholders will be notified about their specific seat
locations in the coming days, and tickets will either be
e-mailed or printed and distributed beginning July 1.
A limited number of remaining tickets for the race will go
on sale Friday, June 26.

Safe social distancing protocols will also be in place for
suite ticketholders and for all of the camping options at
Iowa Speedway.

All guests will be screened in their vehicles with contact-
less temperature checks before entering the parking areas
and only essential racing personnel will have access to the
infield. Hand sanitizer and face coverings will be distrib-
uted to each guest when they enter the track.
INDY 500 Will Social Distance

June 26 - IMS plans to realign seating at the Indianapolis
500 to allow more space between customers on Race Day.

They have mailed letters to ticketholders to try and assess
who will not be attending the rescheduled race in August.
From there, they will try to spread people out.

They note that regardless of whether ticketholders attend
this year, they will still keep their seniority and right to the
tickets for next year.
For those who do not want some or all of their tickets,
they will receive a credit good for other 2020 or 2021
IMS events.

New Race Day tickets will be printed and mailed out.

Race Day tickets already sent for May will not be valid.
However, Race Day
parking and camping passes will
remain valid for use for the rescheduled Indy 500.

IMS also requests that old people and those with underlying
medical conditions remain home.

IMS plan to provide face masks and hand sanitizer to fans.