The COVID-19 pandemic has struck just about every avenue of the sports world and racing is no different.
Red Deer Indy driver Parker Thompson is patiently awaiting his chance to prove himself in a new car this year.
Thompson announced he was joining DEForce Racing in December and last week, he was set to make his debut at the Road to the Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, until the event was cancelled because of the pandemic.
“The team at DEForce Racing and I were as ready as ever to start this season in St. Petersburg, but of course, have great respect for the situation ongoing throughout the world and the measures being taken to mitigate them,” Thompson said.
Indy Car also cancelled another race the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas which would have gone on April 24-26. Tentatively, the season will begin on June 19-21 at the Road America event.
Still, Thompson was thrilled and ready to race with his new group on the Indy 200 circuit.
“I’m delighted to be with DEForce Racing, and back in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship for 2020. The Road to Indy is close to my heart. I’ve had some great success in both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000, and after a strong season in 2019, I think that DEForce Racing provides me a great opportunity to advance to another level,” he said after joining the team in December.
“My teammates Moises (de la Vara) and (Kory Enders) have graciously welcomed me onboard. After some great results by each of them last season, I’m excited to build on those performances in 2020. The goal is nothing less than a championship win.”