Racing Industry Update Related to COVID-19
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several racing series and event organizers have decided to modify, postpone or cancel industry gatherings. The following is a running list of official statements from race organizations regarding their operations. In addition to the major race organizations below, several tracks across the nation are also postponing and modifying their 2020 schedules. Reach out to your favorite track or team’s social media pages for the most up-to-date information.
24 Hours of Le Mans
The organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, together with the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), have decided to postpone the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 13-14, 2020.
The new date will be September 19-20, 2020.
For the latest information, visit fiawec.com.
ABB FIA Formula E
Formula E and the FIA have announced that the 2019-20 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period, considering the challenge the current health crisis poses to the organization of events in city-centers. The series is implementing a flag system traditionally used in motorsports to determine different phases and time windows where races could be rearranged or remain unaffected—with red representing no races, yellow keeping the opportunity open and green going ahead as planned. Months marked as red flags are March and April, with May currently categorized as a yellow flag and both June and July given the green flag, should the situation improve and stabilize. As a consequence of the suspension, it will no longer be possible to race in Paris and Seoul, or Jakarta as previously announced on the originally scheduled dates.
For the latest information, visit fiaformulae.com.
American Drag Racing League (ADRL)
After consulting with ADRL officials… [World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois] adjusted [its] event schedule and were able to move the ADRL Gateway Drags to the only available date that could accommodate such a large gathering, July 10-11, 2020. Tickets for the ADRL event will be honored on the rescheduled date.
American Sprint Car Series (ASCS)
Classes under the ASCS banner, including the ASCS Sooner Region, ASCS Southwest, and ASCS Desert Non-Wing Series, have postponed their 2020 schedules. In addition, “Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have no choice but to cancel this weekend’s Spring Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. As of now, the event has not been rescheduled.”
For the latest information, visit ascsracing.com.
In conjunction with NASCAR, all ARCA Menards Series race events—including the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West—are postponed through May 3.
For the latest information, visit arcaracing.com.
The CARS Tour Old North State Nationals presented by Visit Orange County, originally scheduled for April 4-5 at Orange County Speedway, has been postponed indefinitely. Additionally, the Race Face Tel-Med 300, originally scheduled for March 21, at Hickory Motor Speedway, has been canceled.
For the latest information, visit carsracingtour.com.
COMP Cams Super Dirt Series
Series officials have announced the March 27–28 event at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas) and I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas) have been postponed. Additionally, the scheduled doubleheader for April 3–4, at Texarkana 67 Speedway (Texarkana, Arkansas) and LoneStar Speedway (Kilgore, Texas) has been postponed. The series is scheduled to return to racing April 17–18 at Poplar Bluff Speedway (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) and Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, Missouri).
For the latest information, visit compdirt.com.
Crate Racin’ USA
The Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series has announced the first three races of the 2020 national touring season have been rescheduled for the month of April. The two-race Rumble on the Grumbo at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi) is now scheduled for April 17-18. The 50-lap Shoals Showdown at North Alabama Speedway (Tuscumbia, Alabama) has been rescheduled for April 25. Additionally, the two races set for NASCAR Weekend at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama), will be rescheduled. A later date will be announced.
For the latest information, visit crateracinusa.com.
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
The decision has been announced to postpone the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2019-2020 season. The promoter, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the RACB are working together to find a new 2020 date.
For the latest information, visit fiawec.com.
F1 and Grand Prix officials have announced the Dutch Grand Prix (May 1-3), the Monaco Grand Prix (May 21-24), and now the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (June 5-7) will be postponed. In addition, the Formula 1 Summer break has been moved forward to March and April to help accommodate a rescheduled season.
For the latest information, visit formula1.com.
The IMS Museum is closed to the public at this time.
For the latest information, visit indyracingmuseum.org.
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced schedule updates for three 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events.
- The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio has been moved to the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2020. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3.
- The IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been moved up one weekend to run on Sept. 4-6. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 11-13. This date adjustment was made to accommodate IMSA competitors planning to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which now will run on Sept. 19-20.
- The 23rd annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has been moved back one week and now will run Oct. 14-17. The original dates of the event were Oct. 7-10.
It was also previously announced that the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts is set for Nov. 11-14. Previously purchased tickets for all four events will be valid on the new dates. In addition, IMSA officials also announced the Grand Prix of Alabama (April 3-5) and the Long Beach of Grand Prix (April 17-19) will not take place as originally scheduled.
For the latest information, visit imsa.com.
INDYCAR officials have announced that the iconic Indy 500 is still slated to take place on May 24. In addition, officials have also canceled competitive events through April. “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24… We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits,” a press release stated. In addition, ticket credit and refund information regarding the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the 2020 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach have been announced.
Keystone Automotive BIG Show
Keystone Automotive has canceled its annual BIG Show due to escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the parts distributor has announced. The show was scheduled to be held March 27-28, in Grapevine, Texas. The company also plans to convert the show to a virtual environment, the statement revealed, as a new date could not be found to reschedule the event.
For the latest information, visit keystonebigshow.com.
Kyle Petty Charity Ride
The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, originally scheduled for May 2-8, will now take place May 1-7, 2021.
For the latest information, visit kylepettycharityride.com.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have postponed events at Atomic Speedway, Brownstown Speedway, 411 Motor Speedway, and Talladega Short Track. The series hopes to resume the original schedule on April 18 at Hagerstown Speedway and April 19 at Port Royal Speedway.
For more information, visit lucasdirt.com.
Mazda MX-5 Cup
Following the recent cancelation of the IndyCar events at Barber Motorsports Park and Circuit of The Americas, Mazda Motorsports, Andersen Promotions and IndyCar have decided to postpone the first two rounds of the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich.
For the latest information, visit mazdamotorsports.com.
Must See Racing
Must See Racing (MSR) has put its 2020 season on hold, stating it is impossible to predict when the season can begin.
For the latest information, visit msrxtreme.com.
NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3, with plans to return racing in Martinsville [Sat., May 9]. Officials intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined.
For the latest information, visit nascar.com.
In related news, officials from Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway have announced details regarding ticket refunds or exchanges for the postponed or canceled NASCAR dates.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be closed to the general admission public beginning Saturday, March 14 through the end of the month.
For the latest information, visit nascarhall.com.
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
American SpeedFest 8 at Brands Hatch (West Kingsdown, England) will be postponed from its original date (June 6-7), following the decision by Motorsport UK to extend the suspension of motor racing until at least June 30. Event organizers MSV and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are working together to secure a new date and an announcement will be made in due course.
For the latest information, visit euronascar.com.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NASCAR and South Boston Speedway officials announced that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener has been postponed inevitably. The WhosYourDriver.org 150 was scheduled for South Boston on Saturday, March 21. No makeup date has been determined, and further details on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule will be announced at a later date.
For the latest information, visit hometracks.nascar.com.
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)
NHRA officials have suspended racing, including events at all NHRA-owned tracks and any NHRA-sanctioned events such as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Officials intend to resume the original schedule on April 17-19 in Houston, and continue thereafter, subject to developments in the interim. The Spring Las Vegas event is postponed with new dates TBD.
For the latest information, visit nhra.com.
ProMedia Events and Publishing, the parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, in association with Atlanta Dragway’s parent company NHRA, have decided to postpone the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals returns May 14-16, and NMCA returns to action May 28-31, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. A new date has not been made for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals.”
For the latest information, visit nmcadigital.com.
The PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech is postponed.
For the latest information, visit pdra660.com.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has made the decision to postpone the 98th running of the race. The race will not be conducted on June 28, 2020, but instead will be slated to take place on Sunday, August 30. Fan Fest, which annually attracts more than 30,000 race fans in downtown Colorado Springs, will be set for Friday, August 28.
For the latest information, visit ppihc.org.
POWRi and track officials have postponed the Turnpike Challenge in favor of Wednesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. The updated schedule is below.
Wednesday, April 29 – Creek County Speedway Practice
Thursday, April 30 – Creek County Speedway
Friday, May 1 – I-44 Speedway
Saturday, May 2 – I-44 Speedway
Sunday, May 3 – Port City Raceway
For the latest information, visit powri.com.
SCORE International Off-Road Racing
SCORE International has elected to postpone next week’s 34th annual SCORE San Felipe 250. Round 1 of the four-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship has been rescheduled with the new race date of May 9 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Additionally, SCORE has announced a date change for the 52nd SCORE Baja 500 race week from June 3-7 to June 16-21.
For the latest information, visit score-international.com.
Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)
SVRA officials have shared that the 2020 Trans-Am SpeedFest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, set for May 1-3, will not take place as planned. Officials are in active discussions to find an alternative date for later this year. A full entry fee credit, with no expiration, will also be issued.
For more information, visit svra.com.
Southeast Gassers Association (SEGA)
The SEGA Emerald Coast Race at Emerald Cost Dragway (Holt, Florida), is postponed. A new date will be announced.
For the latest information, visit southeastgassers.com.
Southern National Series
Officials with Boyd’s Speedway, Senoia Raceway, and the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels have announced the postponement of [the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals]. The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series will now open the season on Friday, April 10, at Wythe Raceway.
The newly scheduled dates are below.
Friday, April 17 – Boyd’s Speedway – Ringgold, GA
Saturday, April 18 – Senoia Raceway – Senoia, GA
For the latest information, visit southernationalsseries.com.
SRO Motorsports Group America
SRO America plans to complete all rounds in 2020.
The recent St. Petersburg Grand Prix weekend, as well as the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend scheduled for April 17-19, have both been canceled. SRO America will integrate the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint Rounds 3 and 4 and SprintX Round 3, as well as TC America TCR/TCA Rounds 3 and 4 at already-scheduled future race weekends. An update will be provided in the near future regarding the TC Festival at Lime Rock Park scheduled for May 8-9, and the Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park scheduled for May 15-17. In an effort to bring the GT motorsports community together in this time, SRO Motorsports Group has launched the #GTunited2020 campaign to share photos, videos, and stories on social channels.
For the latest information, visit sro-motorsports.com.
Supercars officials have announced Tasmania, Auckland, and Perth events will all be postponed until later in the year, but not canceled. It is believed that all 14 rounds of the 2020 championship will still take place.
For the complete statement, where to watch virtual Supercars race on track, and the latest information, visit supercars.com.
The Trans Am Racing Company announced today that the SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix event featuring the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 28–29, will be postponed. The next event for the national Trans Am Series is currently scheduled for May 1–3, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition, the series continues to monitor the developments in Northern California for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship event at Thunder Hill Raceway that is scheduled for April 3-5. As of [March 17], the event will go ahead without schedule interruptions.
For more information, visit gotransam.com.
United States Auto Club (USAC)
Races scheduled for the CRA and West Coast Sprint Cars, as well as the Western Midget Series and Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets, have been postponed through the end of March.
For the latest information, visit usacracing.com.
United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)
King of America X powered by Summit and B-Mod Battle at The Bullring slated for March 26-28 at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas, has been postponed. If the event(s) can be rescheduled, an announcement will be made as soon as those dates are known.
For the latest information, visit usmts.com.
United States Sprint Car Series (USCS)
The 2020 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters schedule has been suspended for now. The suspension applies to the USCS Mid-South and Southern Thunder regional schedules as well.
For the latest information, visit uscsracing.com.
World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series, together with its partner tracks in California, has decided to adjust the remainder of this spring’s California tour, which included races scheduled through April 18. Previously, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series had postponed events through April 9. Additional events now impacted include races on April 10 at Merced Speedway, April 11 at Ocean Speedway, and April 17-18 at the Stockton Dirt Track. In working on possible reschedule dates, World of Outlaws officials have determined there will not be an option this season to run postponed events originally scheduled for March 14 at LoneStar Speedway, March 21 at USA Raceway, March 22 at Arizona Speedway, March 28 at Perris Auto Speedway, April 10 at Merced Speedway, April 11 at Ocean Speedway, and April 17-18 at the Stockton Dirt Track. In examining the remaining schedule, Series officials plan to reschedule races originally scheduled for March 13 at Cotton Bowl Speedway, March 29 at Santa Maria Speedway, and April 3-4 at Thunderbowl Raceway.
For the latest information, visit worldofoutlaws.com.
World Of Outlaws Late Models
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, together with Illinois’ Farmer City Raceway, is postponing the Illini 100, which was originally scheduled for April 2-4. The $15,000-to-win event has become an early-season staple for Dirt Late Model fans and racers. World of Outlaws and Farmer City Raceway officials plan to reschedule the weekend. Amid additional precautions, the series previously postponed events set for March 27 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, and March 28 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney. World of Outlaws officials also intend to reschedule those events, as well.
For the latest information, visit worldofoutlaws.com.