With no fans in the stands, auto racing returns to Texas Motor Speedway

The first auto race in almost three months will take place at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 6. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
The first auto race in almost three months will take place at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 6. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

The first auto race in almost three months will take place at the Texas Motor Speedway on June 6. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

On June 6, after nearly a three-month hiatus, auto racing will make its triumphant return to the 1.5-mile oval track at the Texas Motor Speedway in northeast Fort Worth.

TMS and IndyCar Series officials announced May 7 that the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series will open the season at the speedway with the Genesys 300. The race will run on a shortened schedule with practice, qualifying and the race all on the same day, and fans will not be in the stands, the announcement said.

“America needs live sports,” TMS President Eddie Gossage said. “One of the world’s greatest sporting events, the Indy 500, has been postponed until August by coronavirus, so all of that pent-up energy, anticipation, frustration and anxiety will be pounding through the drivers.”

Officials announced additional steps to protect drivers and crew after consulting with public health officials.

Among other precautions, the number of personnel will be limited on-site, all participants will undergo a health screening, individuals entering the facility will practice social distancing and all participants will be provided proper protective equipment.


The length of the Genysys 300 has also been altered to a 200-lap race to accommodate a one-day racing schedule, the announcement said.

“We’ve worked closely with Eddie Gossage, the entire TMS team and public health officials on a plan of action that will ensure the safety of our event participants alongside an exciting return to competition,” IndyCar President Jay Frye said.

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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