Enthusiasts IndyCar's 2020 Debut at Texas Will Be a Race Full of Firsts—And Lasts
Indy 500: Coronavirus causes a shift to August
The 500 miles from Indianapolis 2020 will not take place in May but only in August - Indianapolis Grand Prix also postponed Your browser does not support this video Now it is too Month of May in the IndyCar calendar affected by the Coronavirus pandemic shifts. The season highlight - the 104th edition of the Indy 500 - will not take place on May 24 as planned. Instead, IndyCar has now announced a new date: August 23. In addition to the Indy 500, which is held as usual on the 2.5-mile oval of the
IndyCar is finally going racing Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. A host ofand cancellations have on the American open-wheel series' schedule thus far, and even still, . That said, racing without a crowd is better than no racing at all, and there's plenty of storylines to follow during the event that'll take place under the lights in Fort Worth.
The Aeroscreen Debuts For Real
IndyCar's polarizing Aeroscreen cockpit safety device has already been seen by the public, although never in a real race. Instead, the series' sole 2020 on-track appearance to this point was testing at Circuit of The Americas in February, while the rest were virtual by way of the. Saturday will, in turn, mark the official debut for the Aeroscreen, which was designed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Despite COVID-19: Preparations for Indy 500 are in full swing
IndyCar boss Mark Miles assures that they are working flat out to make the Indianapolis 500 take place - but he doesn't have the last word The coronavirus COVID has within a few days -19 brought the entire sports world to a standstill. IndyCar's flagship event is also at risk: The Indianapolis 500-mile race is scheduled for May 24th, before which the Indianapolis Grand Prix should take place on May 9th as an overture. In between there are numerous training days on the program.
Some love it and some hate it--like, really hate it--but don't expect IndyCar to give up the screen anytime soon. It's on-par with Formula 1's Halo from a strength perspective and, arguably, it makes the low-drag racing package look even better.
McLaren Goes Full-Time in IndyCar
McLaren has made a couple of appearances--well, actually 1.5--at the Indianapolis 500 in recent years. For the 2020 season, however, the Woking constructor is going all-in with sponsor Arrow and industry veterans Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. The Arrow McLaren SP team brings with it a pair of extremely promising youngsters, Oliver Askew and Pato O'Ward, who'll handle driving duties this season.
Both drivers are Indy Lights champions and have proven to be blistering quick in their. Watch out for them as they take on the sport's best as Saturday's field features six former winners at TMS.
Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen would later like to drive IndyCar
© LAT In the footsteps of his father: Kevin Magnussen wants to drive IndyCar Kevin Magnussen has been racing in Formula 1 since 2014, and has been driving for the US since 2017. American Haas team. The Dane thus emulates his father Jan Magnussen, who competed in the premier class from 1995 to 1998. After his Formula 1 career, he was successful in touring car and sports car races. This is exactly what his son can imagine.
Tony Kanaan Makes Last-Lap Appearance With 7-Eleven
Prior to all the coronavirus craziness, IndyCar veteran Tony Kanaan confirmed that 2020 would be his last season behind the wheel. The 2004 series champion and 2013 Indy 500 winner will kick off his farewell tour on Saturday, even wearing special colors reminiscent of his most successful days with Andretti-Green Racing. 7-Eleven has come on to sponsor the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, throwing it back over a decade in the process.
Kanaan's livery has already been revealed and there's no debate--it looks super.
TK will compete in all of IndyCar's oval races this season with Saturday marking his 318th consecutive start, dating back to Portland in June 2001. That's an all-time record, in case you were curious.
The Bottom Line
IndyCar's Genesys 300 will be broadcasted on primetime television at 8 p.m. EST. Tune in to NBC to watch all 24 drivers compete for a ten-gallon hat and fiery victory celebration after the race, which features some of the closest action every year.
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Quartararo: Debut win not essential before move to Yamaha .
Fabio Quartararo admits securing his debut MotoGP win is not essential to his graduation to the factory Yamaha squad next year, but he will still “try with all my might”. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Podium: second place Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT The 20-year-old had a shock breakout maiden season in MotoGP last year with Petronas SRT aboard the ‘B-spec’ customer Yamaha, scoring seven podiums on top of six pole positions.