NASCAR's empty oval return means lost races on three tracks
WASHINGTON: American Stock Car Auto Racing's return later this month from coronavirus The pandemic will cost three tracks in their 2020 season races with more schedule adjustments coming soon.
That was the word on Friday from the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing ( NASCAR ), the closed cab series that is the most popular form of American motorsports.
Races at Sonoma, California; Joliet, Illinois and Richmond, Virginia were named those moved to ovals without spectators this month to jumpstart the US revival of sport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
Sonoma Raceway officials said the racetrack attempted to find a new date to replace June 14, but was unable to do so given the current uncertainty surrounding major events in California.
Instead, it will take place on May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will host a regularly scheduled race three days earlier in what will essentially be television events.
A planned June 21 race at Chicagoland will be the May 17 comeback event at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina while the Richmond race that was to have been April 19 with be May 20 at Darlington, which like Charlotte is near the base of operations for most NASCAR teams.
Due to the current pandemic, NASCAR has faced several difficult decisions, including realigning race dates from several race tracks, the series said in a statement.
These decisions were made after extensive collaboration with state and local government officials across the country, including the affected runway areas.
And, NASCAR hinted, they won't be the last, saying future adjustments will be released in the near future, officials seeking to minimize travel demands on teams.
Other races are scheduled across the country through November.