The public returns to racing

IndyCar and Nascar, the two main US championships, will open their doors to fans in July with restrictions and sanitary measures.

The new normal. That is the world that remains once the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is overcome and in which you have to live with the virus until a vaccine brings the definitive remedy to combat it. A world of social distancing, mandatory mask and temperature controls in which sport has a place. Little by little, most disciplines return, yes, behind closed doors, with the fans at home, but it is something that will not take long to change. It will do so in less than a month.

The United States, despite remaining one of the countries most affected by COVID-19 and still being far from controlling its expansion, will open the doors to the public in its two main motorsports championships: IndyCar and Nascar. The single-seater will be the first to welcome its fans again on the weekend of July 10-12, in the double race that will take place at the Wisconsin Road America circuit, and will do so through "safe driving practices social distancing and the best hygiene precautions ".

The capacity will be limited, although they do not specify to what extent, but they do explain that all attendees of this first event open to the public of the IndyCar will take their temperature in their cars before entering the venue, where they will be provided with a kit individual with a mask and hydroalcoholic gel. Same procedure that will be done in the next race, a week later, in Iowa. Two tests that will be key to guarantee that everything goes well ahead of the big event, the Indy 500, which will run on August 23 with half the capacity

For its part, the Nascar has already begun its opening allowing the entry of 1,000 soldiers and their families for the Miami race and 5,000 fans in the last one in Talladega, but when it will truly open to the public it will be in Texas, for the appointment of the July 19. It will do so with the use of a mask as a "strong recommendation", but not mandatory. Everything will be done with the permission of the relevant health and government authorities. The US is ready for races with an audience, when will Europe be?

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