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Team Stange Racing Won’t Compete in 2020 Indianapolis 500

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Team Stange Racing, LLC announced via Facebook on Wednesday their intentions of not participating in the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge.

With alarming concerns of not having 33 entries due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, there have been a few drivers and teams being rumored of having a last-minute entry for the 500-mile race that’ll commence Sunday, August 23 behind closed doors.

However, the one-off NTT IndyCar Series entry won’t be among those entering to fill up the 33-car quota this year and will concentrate on next year’s race.

The Chicago based entity issued a statement regarding their decision following multiple discussions with their partners and sponsors:

“This decision was made with consideration given to our battle with COVID-19 and the recent announcement from IMS that there will be no spectators allowed at this year’s race; creating a “that makes it difficult to satisfy the needs of our sponsors who believe visibility, at track entertainment, and B2B networking and most importantly at track activation is critical to the sponsorships success.”

Last year, Team Stange Racing partnered up with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for their debut entry in INDYCAR last May at Indianapolis. Veteran Spaniard Oriol Servia piloted the bright green and black No. 77 MotorGator/Lucas Oil Honda and finished 22nd, a lap behind race winner Simon Pagenaud.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a four-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.