Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world of professional sports is adapting the new norm of life by coming up with contingency plans to savage their 2020 season. This has resulted in the rescheduling of dates breaking their traditional ways at the beginning of their seasons.
Undoubtedly, the year 2020 will be remembered for a long time with all that has been happening across the world. Many countries are still working tirelessly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing lockdown, curfew, and closure off their borders to curb the spread of coronavirus.
It has proven headaches to various associations in the world of professional sport, inside their fraternity, recording new coronavirus cases in their midst after resuming their 2020 season.
The Indianapolis 500 was not exceptional because they were forced to cancel all their races in Mid-march following spiking cases of the COVID-19 in the state of Indiana. This disrupted the traditional scheduled May 23 date to August 23 to safeguard the spectators and put the fan’s safety first.
The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to kick-off this coming Sunday with renowned drivers taking center stage to compete for the 2020 Indy 500 championship.
The annual Carb Day began as a critical on-track session of Indy 500 preparation as teams adjusted their engines’ carburetors as anticipated. But the 2020 Carburetion Day in Indianapolis 500 made history due to no sign of spectators and silence took over in the Snake Pit infield.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carb Day was an important day for every indy fan. That’s because rowdy revelers would usually turn the track into Indiana’s biggest party and acted as an appetizer in ushering a big holiday weekend that would end with the biggest race in the world.
Rookie Pato O’Ward driving McLaren SP Chevrolet recorded the fastest lap in Carb Day at the final practice surpassing former 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon by 0.7 mph.
The Mexican produced a top lap of 225.355 mph and will start 15th on Sunday when the Greatest Spectacle in Racing takes the green flag at 2:30 p.m. In 2019 at Indianapolis 500, Pato was unfortunate following his failure to qualify.
Second place was the 2008 Indy 500 winner and 5-time NTT IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon, with a best lap of 224.646 driving Honda.
Third place was the 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi with a best lap of 224.599 driving Honda.
Fourth place was the 2017 Indy 500, Takuma Sato, with a best lap of 224.580 driving Honda.
But the pole sitter, Marco Andretti, who won the Indy 500 pole last weekend, was 28th with a best lap of 221.314 driving Honda.
The two-time Formula One World champion Fernando Alonso settled for the 23rd position with a best lap of 222.680 while driving McLaren SP Chevrolet. On Sunday, Alonso will start at 26th position, and a win at the 2020 Indy 500 will make him the second driver ever to win the triple crown.