Indiana’s New Response To COVID-19 To AffectSeveral IndyCar Teams

INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday, the state of Indiana took drastic measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Governor Eric Holcomb stated that the next couple of weeks will be big in trying to slow the spread of the virus. With that being said, he put in place a measure to stay home starting Wednesday at midnight and ending April 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” Gov. Holcomb said via a news conference.

Holcomb, ordered all residents of the Hoosier State to remain in their homes except when working for essential businesses or for ‘permitted activities which include basically life or death services.

According to the state’s website, “essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0,” according to the Governor’s executive order.

This directly affects the NTT IndyCar Series teams that are located in Indiana. Nine of the 13 teams are located in Indiana including AJ Foyt Racing (1 of 2 cars here), Ed Carpenter Racing, Andretti Autosport, Juncos, Arrow McLaren SP, Chip Ganassi Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, DragonSpeed and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The teams not in Indiana are Carlin (Florida), Team Penske (North Carolina), Dale Coyne Racing (Illinois) and Meyer Shank Racing (Ohio).

None of these teams fall under the “essential business” category, meaning that they’re on hold until at least April 7. How this affects the rest of the season remains unseen. The next race of the schedule is the GMR Grand Prix but that’s not supposed to run until May 9.

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