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IndyCar drivers cope with strange Memorial Day weekend

Posted On: May 22, 2020   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

INDIANAPOLIS - Simon Pagenaud knows what he should be doing right now.
Friday's plan was to climb into the No. 22 Chevrolet for one final test session, mingle with fans and plot race strategy. On Sunday, he'd chase a second straight Indianapolis 500 victory.
Instead, he is spending the Memorial Day weekend quietly at home, far away from deafening engines and roaring crowds. He talks about the future - IndyCar's season opener in Texas on June 6, the series' first July race at the Brickyard, the COVID-19 pandemic that caused this chaos - and his hope that the rescheduled 500 weekend in August proves to be as festive and fun as he expected.
“It really hit me on qualifying weekend. It was my birthday,” Pagenaud said on a Zoom call Friday. “It was really strange - no stress, no anxiety but I was missing something that was very dear to my heart. It's just the best feeling in racing that day, and I look forward to it every year. Also today is Carb Day, I was thinking ‘Wow, we'd be doing this or that and pretty soon...

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