There’s a global pandemic sweeping our nation, and while we’re not here to tell you for the 25th time to wash your hands (but please do that, 365 days without being prompted), we do want to bring you the latest on track and event closures, since it’s e-Racing the calendar.
What to know:
A highly contagious virus is prompting event organizers and sanctioning bodies to make decisions for the safety of event goers, race teams, track employees, and so on. Most have expressed that this is in an ‘overabundance’ of caution, with most press releases not mentioning that anyone has tested positive for anything from the sniffles, to COVID-19.
What to do:
Call ahead, follow tracks on social media, communicate with race and event organizers, and know the cancellation policy of any tickets you currently hold.
Unfortunately, the list of what’s open and which races are still on would be a shorter list. At this time, most races are running without spectators, or just called off entirely. Some of these include:
TX2K – An event famous for its spectators announces on 3/13 that it plans to go on without fans in attendance.
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals – In a matter of a four hour news cycle, the Gatornationals went from expecting over 100,000 fans in attendance, to running without spectators, to cancelled.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – Set to take place at the famous Atlanta Motor Speedway, fans will have to enjoy this NASCAR race from the comfort of their own homes as no spectators will be allowed in this weekend.
Homestead Miami race – With only ten days out, this NASCAR race has been pushed back to later this year.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – The show will go on, just with empty stands as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Krisemen announced that there will be no attendance at this race, set to take place on Sunday.
MotoGP – The opening two rounds of the 2020 season have been cancelled after new travel restrictions limit access to Italians or those who have recently been to the country.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix – A positive test in the McLaren team has prompted this cancellation.
Barrett-Jackson – This major auction company just sent out a ‘hope to see you in October’ notice, postponing all events until the fall. Expect most auction houses to follow.
RM Auctions – While you can see them in Palm Beach, it’ll be from behind the computer monitor as the upcoming event is moved to online only.
How to cope:
Your mental health is likely to suffer from non-stop coverage, panic, worry, and product hoarders. While we don’t have a trained therapist on staff, what we recommend is walking out of your door into your garage, put your car up on jack stands, and finish your project car! Unofficial (like super unofficial, we asked a guy at the gas station level unofficial…okay we made it up just now) projections show that a record number of project cars will be completed in August 2020.