INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (The Adobo Chronicles) – This has been the biggest fallout yet since Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s anti-gay law legalizing discrimination against gay people based on religious belief.
The Indianapolis 500, or Indy 500, scheduled for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, has been scrapped and is being moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. Indy 500 is an automobile race held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis. It is contested as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the top level of American Championship Car racing.
The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world. It attracts up to 300,000 racing fans, bringing lots of dollars to companies and local businesses.
Daytona Beach is home to the Daytona International Speedway is a race track which is host to the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR.
In announcing the cancellation, both NASCAR and Verizon said that the decision was in solidarity with the LGBT community which “has suffered enough discrimination not only by political and religious conservatives but also by super macho groups, especially the organizers of major sports events like football and car racing.”
“Daytona Beach is certainly more gay-friendly,” NASCAR and Verizon said.
Upon hearing the news, Governor Pence reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. His communications director said he is now stable and has been discharged. The governor has been advised, however, not to read newspapers or watch TV news, and to refrain from logging on to his Facebook and other social media accounts in the next week or so. “More negative fallout from the newly-signed law could only aggravate his medical condition,” his doctor said.