SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 13, March 26, 2020

Racing News: Event Cancellations and Postponements

Compiled by SEMA Editors

For more racing news and features, visit the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) website.

24 Hours of Le Mans Rescheduled

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 www.fiawec.com.

Crate Racin’ USA Reschedules First Three Races of Season

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 www.crateracinusa.com.

Formula DRIFT Coronavirus Update

Formula DRIFT has announced the opening round of the 2020 Formula DRIFT season on the Streets of Long Beach has been cancelled. The team at Formula DRIFT is remaining positive about the remainder of the season and is working determinedly to find an alternative venue to replace Long Beach and to ensure the teams can compete in an eight-round championship. More announcements will be made in the near future about a new location for the cancelled round. Ticket holders for the Streets of Long Beach event will be fully refunded by Ticketmaster and that the process has already begun. For more information, visit www.formulad.com.

Mazda MX-5 Cup Postpones First Two Rounds

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 www.mazdamotorsports.com.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Postponed Until August

In a press release distributed last week, organizers said, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect everyone throughout the world, 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.” For more information, visit http://ppihc.org.

Sparta Evolution and Gear Racing Form Multi-Year Partnership

Sparta Evolution has announced a multi-season partnership with Girl Empowerment Around Racing (GEAR), beginning in 2020. Sparta Evolution is will partner with GEAR’s all-female driven No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the Michelin Endurance Cup. Together, GEAR Racing and Sparta Evolution plan to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold in racing and in life.

Sonoma Speed Festival Rescheduled

Organizers of the second annual Sonoma Speed Festival have elected to reschedule the event at Sonoma Raceway to Labor Day weekend, September 4–6, 2020. Over the coming weeks, organizers will revisit the lineup of cars for this year’s event. Updates will be shared regularly via social media, newsletter and blog as drivers and their cars are confirmed. Current ticket purchases will be valid for the September event date. However, if any guest is unable to attend the rescheduled date, a full refund (including any transaction fees) will be granted. All ticket holders will receive an email with further directions to select the option that best works for them and steps to roll-over tickets or to receive a refund. For more information, visit www.sonomaspeedfestival.com.

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Cancels Trans-Am SpeedFest

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (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 www.svra.com.

For more racing news and features, visit the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) website.

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