This afternoon IndyCar made the announcement that the first four races of the 2020 season would be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The announcement came following a similar announcement made by NASCAR and prior to a declaration of a national emergency by President Trump.
Several of IndyCar’s drivers took to social media to share their thoughts regarding the race cancellations.
— Marco Andretti (@MarcoAndretti) March 13, 2020
Hey, friends. This is a bummer and I share in the disappointment with all the fans and pro athletes across the globe. But let’s work through this together, be good (intelligent) humans, and come back to have some fun in a couple months. #allandretti #indycar https://t.co/b0i7tWrUis
— Alexander Rossi (@AlexanderRossi) March 13, 2020
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) March 13, 2020
What a shame. I was so ready to go this week. See you all in May.
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) March 13, 2020
While this certainly isn’t how I wanted to start my first full-time season in @IndyCar, I really think this is the right call. I’m gutted for the fans the most but we have to do what is best for everyone involved.
If you thought the month of May was big before… https://t.co/qQWHks1ulZ
— Jack Harvey (@jack_harvey42) March 13, 2020
This is a brutal time period. The truly sad part is there are enough people suffering in this world to shut down almost an entire planet. We have to respect the decision to cancel the races to keep this racing family healthy. The world is not ending, we’ll be back. #CoronaVirus
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) March 13, 2020
This is the right decision by @IndyCar . Health and Safety is and must be the priority. And we need to beat this crisis together. It wouldn’t be right to go racing in this situation. Stay safe out there ❤️ #ME8 #INDYCAR pic.twitter.com/sTYz2nFRUK
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) March 13, 2020