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No roar of the crowd but INDYCAR to return in June

The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will begin next month in Texas.


The season will begin Saturday, June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the racing series announced Thursday. The green flag for the race is at 8:45 p.m.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, INDYCAR will run a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying, and the race all in one day.


There will also be no fans in attendance.


“We’re excited and ready to kick off the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season at Texas Motor Speedway,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said.


“America needs live sports and they are not going to believe what they see when the Genesys 300 storms into their living rooms on TV from Texas,” said Eddie Gossage, president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway.


Frye said public health officials have put together protocols for the race to protect the well-being of participants. These include:


-Strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on-site

-A health screening system administered to all participants

-PPE equipment provided to everyone entering the facility, along with guidelines on usage

-Social distancing protocols in place and carefully maintained

-Revised competition layout to increase distancing


The remainder of the updated, 15-race INDYCAR calendar, announced April 6, remains on schedule for competition.