Pikes Peak Hill Climb, family of Bobby Goodin release statement

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race organizers and the family of motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin (pictured, right) have issued a joint statement two days after the 54-year-old died of injuries sustained in a morning crash.

“He will be remembered as a fierce competitor with a driven spirit that only an athlete can understand, and as a gentle man who came to Colorado with the support and love of family, friends and those he competed against,” they said of Goodin, who was competing in his second PPIHC.

Goodin, part of the Middleweight class, completed his run Sunday morning but moments later lost control of his Triumph motorcycle in a parking lot at the top of Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit.

After landing on a nearby area of rocks, he was given CPR when found by paramedics. He was then taken via Flight for Life to a local hospital, but the El Paso (Colo.) County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his passing late Sunday afternoon.

Goodin is the first motorcycle racer to die at the PPIHC since 1982. According to his manager, Kevin Brunson, the 54-year-old racer is survived by two daughters.

“Even though many might consider this a tragic day with a needless death, those lucky enough to compete at Pikes Peak on a day like today knows even today was a wonderful celebration of life for every competitor,” Brunson said in his own statement.

“…Our friend Bobby knew the joy of finishing and competing well, and that will bring all of us comfort as we deal with his loss.”

Race organizers have confirmed that a benefit fund will be created for Goodin’s family.

IndyCar’s season finale at St. Pete approved to have 20,000 fans

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The NTT IndyCar Series’ season finale will be permitted up to 20,000 fans, making the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg possibly the circuit’s most well-attended race of 2020. The race originally was scheduled as the season opener before being moved to Oct. 25 because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has enjoyed limited crowds at Road America, Iowa Speedway, Gateway, Mid-Ohio and this weekend’s doubleheader races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, which could have up to 10,000 fans in attendance. That had been the largest maximum grandstand crowd for an IndyCar race this season.

At a St. Petersburg city council meeting Thursday, Mayor Rick Kriseman approved plans by race organizers Green Savoree Racing Promotions to hold the Oct. 23-25 weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Pete with 20,000 fans who would follow health and safety protocols that include mandatory temperature checks and masks.

 “My thanks to Green Savoree Racing Promotions and IndyCar for their flexibility and resilience during this challenging time,” Kriseman said in a release. “I know that everyone is excited to get back on the track in St. Pete. I can’t wait for Oct. 23rd. I know everyone will embrace this race the St. Pete way, adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Let’s have some great racing in the Sunshine City.”

Paddock and the pit lane will remain closed to spectators, and social distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed on site.

“Our entire team greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of our ticket holders as we worked through this process with Mayor Kriseman, City Council and local health officials,” Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Promotions. “It’s important for everyone who attends to read and follow all the COVID-19 protocols to contribute to a fun, safe and successful event for us all.”

“The ongoing guidance and support of Mayor Kriseman, City Council, and the City of St. Petersburg’s event team have been phenomenal,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Promotions. “We also would not be in this position to move this spring tradition to fall without Firestone’s unwavering commitment and dedication. It’s going to be a terrific weekend again in downtown St. Pete in three weeks featuring world-class racing from INDYCAR.”