Road America is set to be the first NTT Indycar Series race of the season to welcome fans. The track held their June Sprints last weekend and used it as a trial run for the Indycar race. I just purchased my ticket last night. Fans are cautioned on the website:
WARNING – ENTER VENUE AT YOUR OWN RISK. FACILITY ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SPREAD OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY:
FOLLOW ALL CDC RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES.
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. PLEASE MAINTAIN SIX-FEET FROM ONE ANOTHER AT ALL TIMES.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH.
WEAR A CLOTH FACE COVERING OVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH (where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain).
UTILIZE HAND WASHING AND SANITIZING STATIONS REGULARLY.
WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT ENTER IF YOU FEEL ILL, HAVE A FEVER OR COUGH, OR ARE SHORT OF BREATH.
WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT ENTER IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE PHYSICAL CONTACT WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19.
IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL HISTORY THAT PLACES YOU IN A HIGH-RISK CATEGORY FOR COVID-19, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT ENTER.
Even with these precautions in place, Road America cannot eliminate all risk associated with COVID-19. By choosing to make use of this facility, guests are assuming the risk that they may contract COVID-19 at the facility despite Road America’s best efforts to provide a clean and safe environment. By entering the facility, you are acknowledging that you are releasing the owner and all sanctioning/participating parties of liability.
I hope everyone complies and stays safe. Success at Road America may determine how many more races fans will be allowed to,watch in person the rest of the year.
More information on the track’s plans can be found in Marshall Pruett’s article in Racer magazine from yesterday. the link:
From the piece, it sounds as if no decision has yet been made about whether the paddock will open to fans. I really don’t think it should be. Minimum contact contact needs to be the first rule of the weekend. If you’re upset about not having paddock access, remember you still get to see two races at Road America on the same weekend. I would trade paddock access for another race at any track.
Per Robin Miller from his “Mailbag” this morning, an announcement concerning the double header at Iowa will be coming Friday.