Finally, the Indy 500 is to happen on Sunday after the event was postponed earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic breaking the traditional starting date, interfering spectators, and fan attendance streak.
Despite the Indiana State surpassing the 3k confirmed deaths, the biggest single race sporting event in the world will kick-off on Sunday though spectators and fans won’t be in attendance as a way to safeguard their health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to John Hopkins University, as of Saturday, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States were 5.62 million. While 1.96 Million have recovered from coronavirus and deaths tolling to more than 175400.
Globally, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are at 22.96 Million, while recovered cases have been at 14.72 Million and deaths caused by COVID-19 tolling to more than 799600.
With all that come Sunday, we shall enjoy and celebrate with close family and friends as we watch the thrilling race on our digital devices.
The 104th Indianapolis 500 marks a new record in the history for the first time the Greatest Spectacle in Racing to be held without spectators and fans in attendance and held outside of the traditional date in May.
Indy 500 pole-sitter Marcus Andretti will be eyeing for the championship to break the family curse of 33 years without winning. He is the grandson to the legendary Mario Andretti, who holds the record of having won the Indy 500, NASCAR’S Daytona 500 and Formula 1 world championship. However, he won the Indy 500 once in 1969.
The same couldn’t be said of his father, Michael Andretti, who holds the most Indy 500 driver more winless in his 42 careers.
Marcus became the first member of his family in over 33 years to win the Fast Nine Shootout for the outstanding pole position to lead the field to green. He was driving Honda with the initials of number 98 under his father’s team, Andretti Autosport.
But at the Carb Day practice Indy 500 pole-sitter Marcus placed himself in the most uncomfortable circumstances possible in a way to prepare for the Indy 500. And it proved successful because it enabled his team to identify things that his car didn’t like and adjust them on time before the 200-lap race on Sunday.
He was ranked 28th out of 33 drivers with the best lap of 221.314 mph, and Marcus recorded the second-slowest Honda while ending the practice last behind his six teammates.
Indy 500 pole-sitter Marcus Andretti is mentally in a good place, taking the mounting pressure a good type of pressure. He is in the good company of his 1969 Indy winner grandfather Mario Andretti and his father, Michael Andretti.
The Indy 500 win will mean so much to Marcus moreover to the entire Andretti family, breaking the winless curse in the family for over 33 years since Mario won the Indy 500. Let’s stay safe as we enjoy the Indy 500 race.