SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 12, March 19, 2020

Racing News: Industry-Wide Event Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus

Compiled by SEMA Editors

ABB FIA Formula E

Formula E and the FIA have announced that the 2019–2020 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period. 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 www.fiaformulae.com.

American Drag Racing League (ADRL)

After consulting with American Drag Racing League (ADRL) officials, World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, adjusted its event schedule and moved the ADRL Gateway Drags to July 10–11, 2020. Tickets for the ADRL event will be honored on the rescheduled date. For more information, visit www.wwtraceway.com or www.adrltour.com.

American Sprint Car Series (ASCS)

Due to the most recent actions and recommendations by the state of Arizona, track officials have made the call to postpone this Saturday’s events at USA Raceway featuring the San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Non-Wing Series. Anyone with questions about tickets that were pre-purchased through the World of Outlaws, visit www.woosprint.com. In addition, Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have cancelled this weekend’s Spring Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For the latest information, visit www.ascsracing.com.

ARCA

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 www.arcaracing.com.

Autocare 2020

Autocare 2020, Australia’s largest education and training-led automotive convention has been postponed. The escalation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis has triggered an unprecedented government and public response. The current circumstances have led to the status of Autocare 2020, and the original date of June 19–20, needing to be reevaluated. The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) Board of Directors held a special meeting on March 16, to fully consider options for the Autocare 2020 convention. After a thorough evaluation, the decision was made to postpone the event. The rescheduled Autocare dates are Friday and Saturday, October 30–31. The convention location will remain at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. All Autocare 2020 conference stream registrations, exhibitor and sponsorship commitments will roll over to the new Autocare 2020 dates.

CARS Tour

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper passed Executive Order No. 117 on March 14, which banned public gatherings of more than 100 people within the state for 30 days. 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 as a result. Additionally, the Race Face Tel-Med 300, originally scheduled for March 21, at Hickory Motor Speedway, has been canceled. For the latest information, visit www.carsracingtour.com.

Easter Jeep Safari

For the first time in 53 years, the Easter Jeep Safari is being cancelled. The emergency ordinance by the Grand County council and Moab City limiting attendance at special events has been extended to encompass motels and campgrounds in and around Moab. Guests have three days to check out of all motels and campgrounds; they are then to remain closed for 30 days. All restaurants are restricted to curb service only at this time. Event fees will be refunded to your credit card within 30–60 days. For more information, visit www.rr4w.com.

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

The seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2019–2020 season has been postponed. The promoter, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the RACB are working together to find a new 2020 date. For the latest information, visit www.fiawec.com.

Formula 1


Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now expect the 2020 season to begin at the end of May. For the latest information, visit www.formula1.com.

FIA Formula 2, FIA Formula 3

Following the announcement that the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix has been postponed, it has been decided conjointly with the FIA and F1 that the opening 2020 round of Formula 2 and Formula 3, scheduled to take place on March 20–22, will also be postponed. For the latest information on Formula 2, Formula 3 and related FIA series, visit www.fia.com.

IMS Museum

Due to the declaration of a National Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMS Museum is closed to the public at this time. The museum is planning to reopen March 30, at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) pending the recommendations of public health officials. For the latest information, visit www.indyracingmuseum.org.

IMSA

Guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and safety protocols have led IMSA to postpone all events through May 3. The Grand Prix of Alabama (April 3–5) will not take place as previously scheduled. This news impacts the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama (GPSP and GPA) and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America (GPA). IMSA also received public notification from the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach organizers that this year’s event will not take place as previously scheduled from April 17–19. For the latest information, visit www.imsa.com.

INDYCAR
NTT INDYCAR Series events through April have been cancelled. This continues through the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 24–26. For the latest information, visit www.indycar.com and www.gpstpete.com.

Keystone BIG Show

Due to escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and in following the guidance of numerous organizations and government officials, the decision has been made to cancel The BIG Show scheduled to be held in Grapevine, Texas, March 27–28. Given that another date was not available, organizers are planning to move the show to a virtual environment. While the details are still in development, look for a further communication on plans for the Virtual BIG Show. For more information, visit www.keystonebigshow.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials announced the postponement of events for 30 days. This includes 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.

Rescheduled dates and events:

  • May 8 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio) Buckeye Spring 50

  • May 9 – Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) 23rd Annual Indiana Icebreaker

  • June 26 – 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) Tennessee's Action Track 50
  • June 27 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama) E-Z-GO 50

For more information, visit www.lucasdirt.com.

Motovicity Never Lift 2020

The unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has significantly affected meetings and events across multiple industries nationwide, including Motovicity Distribution’s Never Lift half-mile race, scheduled for March 21–22, in Coalinga, California. In compliance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order banning gatherings of 250 or more people, Motovicity is cancelling the Never Lift event to help prevent the spread of the virus. Money will be refunded to all competitors and spectators.

NASCAR

NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3, with plans to return racing in Martinsville, Virginia (May 9). For the latest information, visit www.nascar.com.

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 www.nascarhall.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, 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.

NHRA Postpones Season for at Least 30 Days

NHRA is suspending drag racing for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This suspension includes 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. NHRA at this time plans 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 to be determined. Visit LVMS.com for information if you have purchased tickets for the postponed event.

NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals

ProMedia Events and Publishing, 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 in response to growing restrictions on group gatherings and travel due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Effective immediately, NHRA has suspended all drag-racing operations for 30 days at NHRA-owned facilities and events. The NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals is hosted by an NHRA-owned facility. The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals returns May 14–16, and NMCA jumps back to action May 28–31, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. A new date has not yet been made for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals due to the quickly evolving coronavirus pandemic. For NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals refund inquires and other questions, contact the NMRA or NMCA via email at nmra@promediapub.com or nmca@promediapub.com or call 714-444-2426.

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 www.score-international.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 www.southeastgassers.com.

Trans Am

The Trans Am Racing Company announced that the SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix event featuring the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, 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 www.gotransam.com.

United States Auto Club (USAC)

As of now, 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. At this time only those events have been affected. For the latest information, visit www.usacracing.com.

World Of Outlaws

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is postponing all events through April 9, effective immediately, in the wake of growing health concerns. Updates on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series not scheduled to compete until March 27 will be provided at a later date. For the latest information, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

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