IndyCar Series open tests are not planned – Motorsports

The NTT IndyCar Series has no plans to hold a pre-season open test in 2021. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images Photo)

Mooresville, NC – By next week, NTT IndyCar Series teams will have a limited number of test days available for the next season.

The pre-season open test will not be held as the public is still involved in the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past, an annual event known as spring training has been held at homestead-Miami Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Sebring Raceway, Phoenix Raceway and other venues for the past two years at the Circuit of Americas near Austin, Texas. It was held in.

Of those venues, Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama is the only venue on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule. In the season starting at the Firestone Grand Prix on March 7th in St. Petersburg, IndyCar officials decided to oppose the pre-season test and let the team prepare for the test day.

“We have no plans to hold this this year for a variety of reasons,” said IndyCar President Jay Fly. “There is no good venue weather associated with racing in February. I don’t know exactly what the pandemic will be, so I thought it would be best to go to St. Pete in the first half of March as a group. It was.

“By then, we hope everything goes well. Hopefully we can get it back in 2022.”

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the FDA, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. The third potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca is awaiting approval for use in the United States.

Vaccinations will begin in late December and will continue until 2021.

The level of success of these vaccines is a factor in determining how quickly fans can return to the population.

Many, if not all, of the NTT IndyCar Series teams are taking a break this week for a break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But on January 4th, I’ll be back to work in preparation for the new season. Some of those teams will test in Sebring and elsewhere before the season begins in March.

So far, the IndyCar team seems to have successfully overcome the pandemic. In fact, there may be more cars on the 2021 grid than in 2020.

Most of the sponsors stay on the team, which is a good sign of stability and perhaps future growth.

“There are a lot of great partners throughout the paddock,” Fry said. “There were a lot of great announcements. This (COVID-19) wasn’t the fault of anyone what happened, and we treated it as best as possible. We overdo it with our partners. We communicated and helped our partners understand what we were dealing with, how we were dealing with it, and when we were dealing with it. That was the key. Immediately after the postponed St. Pete Contacting the paddock when there was a call to and how it was navigated.

“People look at the light at the end of the tunnel and see what we have in 2021 when Jimmie Johnson and Scott McLaughlin come in. The number of cars looks good, looks up and we I’m excited about the future. “

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