In as difficult a year as 2020 has been, I have a deeper appreciation of the things for which I am thankful. The pandemic changed our lives in many ways, yet we somehow figured out ways to cope. The following is a list of things for which I am thankful- not all related to racing.
First I thank everyone who has read this humble blog this year. Readership has already smashed last year’s 12 month total by nearly 50%. I appreciate each of you who has found something worthwhile here as I complete my fourth full year. Hard to believe The Pit Window will turn five in May.
Thank you to the Creative Writing Class at the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa, Florida. Without them , this blog does not exist. You all are my inspiration. I am grateful every day that I discovered this class.
Now on to the racing thank yous:
First to Roger Penske and mark Miles for somehow crafting a credible season from the myriad restrictions all the municipalities and government agency restrictions put in place this year. As always, I am so thankful that he bought the series at the end of 2019. I can’t imagine anyone else who could have weathered this season this well.
Thank you to the promoters who worked with Indycar to create a reasonable amount of races for the season.
Thanks to Jay Frye and Indycar for their tireless efforts to advance safety and to try to improve the racing.
Much thanks goes to the AMR Safety Team. Without them the races could not go on.
Thanks to NBC for working Indycar’s rescheduled races into their schedules and expanding next year’s lineup on NBC.
Thanks to Doug Boles for getting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through what had to be a frustrating and challenging time.
Thank you to those few in the Indycar media who were able to cover races in person. I know circumstances were challenging, but the coverage was seamless. I hope I can rejoin you in 2021.
Thank you to all my racing friends. Knowing yoi and spending time with you at the track is time I truly treasure. I hope at some point in 2021 we can all meet at one track again.
Finally, I am thankful that my household is well, and that my closest friends who contracted COVID have recovered.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe and well.