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LATEST NASCAR CORONAVIRUS DEVELOPMENTS
On May 14, NASCAR added to its return to racing schedule with the addition of dates at Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Dates at these tracks will include the three national series and the ARCA Menards Series will make its return with a date at Talladega. Spring dates at Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course have been postponed while the slate set for Iowa Speedway this year has been canceled. One of Iowa’s Xfinity Series race has been reassigned to Homestead-Miami Speedway. | Full story
NASCAR announced May 8 a 2020 schedule realignment that shifts dates away from Chicagoland Speedway, Richmond Raceway (spring) and Sonoma Raceway. The races originally scheduled for those tracks have been reassigned to Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. | Full story
NASCAR announced April 30 a revised May schedule as racing returns May 17 at Darlington Raceway, the first of seven races in an 11-day span that will also include events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. These races will be conducted without fans in attendance as NASCAR officials have collaborated with public health officials, medical experts and local, state and federal officials to create a comprehensive plan to ensure the health and safety of competitors and surrounding communities at these events. | Full story
• NASCAR R&D Center: The NASCAR Research & Development Center is printing face shields for local hospitals and doctors to help protect medical professionals as they treat COVID-19. Right now, hospitals in North Carolina and Georgia will be receiving masks that are made at the Concord, North Carolina, facility. NASCAR’s senior director of aerodynamics and vehicle performance, Eric Jacuzzi, explained the process to NASCAR.com’s Alex Weaver in this video.
• Charlotte Motor Speedway: In partnership with the speedway, Atrium Health has created a Coronavirus Testing Center at zMAX Dragway, part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex. The remote testing site provides a convenient location for residents of northern Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties to have their tests performed, when ordered by their physician. Testing for COVID-19 is conducted without patients having to get out of their cars, which reduces the possibility of infecting other patients and healthcare workers. Tests are administered by appointment only from your physician.
• Atlanta Motor Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for March 13-15 and rescheduling without fans in attendance for June 6-7.
• Bristol Motor Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for April 3-5 and rescheduling without fans in attendance for May 30-31.
• Charlotte Motor Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponement of the NASCAR All-Star Race and the running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 without fans in attendance.
• Chicagoland Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the June 18-21 race weekend cancellation.
• Dover International Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for May 1-3.
• Homestead-Miami Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for March 20-22 and rescheduling without fans in attendance for June 13-14.
• Iowa Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the June 12-13 and July 31-August 1 race weekend cancellations.
• Kansas Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for May 30-31.
• Martinsville Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for May 8-9 and rescheduling without fans in attendance for June 10.
• Michigan International Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for June 5-7.
• Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for May 29-30.
• NASCAR Hall of Fame and team shops: Read here to learn about how the Hall and teams are taking precautions and closing to the public.
• Richmond Raceway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the April 17-19 race weekend cancellation.
• Sonoma Raceway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the June 12-14 race weekend cancellation.
• Talladega Superspeedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for April 24-26 and rescheduling without fans in attendance for June 20-21.
• Texas Motor Speedway: Message to fans and ticket-holders about the postponements for March 27-29.
• Racing Electronics: Message to subscribers about postponed NASCAR events.
• Wood Brothers Racing: Providing tablets for seniors; find out more.
• Richard Childress Racing: Team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off rare memorabilia to help the effort against COVID-19; learn more here.
• Roush Fenway Racing: The race team’s shop is manufacturing a device similar to that of a “sneeze guard” at a salad bar; learn more here.
• Team Penske: The organization is assisting Stratasys — a technical partner for Team Penske — by making 3D-printed face shields at the race shop.
• TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold: Free access to racing fans through May 1; find out more here.
- May 14: NASCAR adds to its return to racing schedule with dates at Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR also announces plans to reassign 2020 races at Iowa Speedway and postpones spring race weekends at Kansas Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Michigan International Speedway.
- May 8: NASCAR reassigns 2020 races at Chicagoland Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Richmond Raceway to new COVID-19 schedule.
- May 5: NASCAR postpones Hall of Fame voting originally scheduled for May 20.
- April 30: NASCAR announces revised May schedule with racing set to return at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- April 17: NASCAR postpones race event at Martinsville Speedway scheduled for May 8-9.
- April 2: NASCAR delays the Next Gen car debut until the 2022 NASCAR Cup series season.
- March 24: FOX announces commitment to air eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
- March 17: NASCAR bans all testing (not directly related to the Next Gen car) until further notice.
- March 16: NASCAR postpones race events through May 3, in accordance with recent CDC guidance.
- March 13: NASCAR postpones race weekends at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway because of the coronavirus outbreak.
- IMSA announces return to racing plan
- Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear canceled
- NASCAR delays Next Gen car debut until 2022 season
- IMSA moves three events back, including Road Atlanta
- ARCA Menards Series postpones events
- Whelen Modified opener postponed
- IMSA announces schedule updates
- 12 Hours of Sebring postponed until November
- Euro Series alters schedule
- NASCAR Pinty’s Series season-opener postponed
NASCAR HALL OF FAME/RACE SHOPS
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- Denny Hamlin: Hamlin and sponsor FedEx are teaming up to donate 60,000 meals to the food bank in his hometown of Chesterfield, Virginia. | LEARN MORE …. Hamlin is the latest athlete to join the ALL IN Challenge, which has pegged itself as the largest digital fundraiser ever. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver and three-time Daytona 500 winner announced Tuesday he’s offering up the opportunity to play Michael Jordan’s new exclusive golf club in Florida alongside himself and PGA Tour’s Bubba Watson. That’s not all. In addition to the round of golf, the package will feature a private flight and VIP access to the 2021 Daytona 500. | LEARN MORE
- Kyle Busch: Like Hamlin, the reigning Cup Series champion has joined Fanatics’ ALL IN Challenge, offering up a VIP experience for two guests to a future race. | LEARN MORE
- Watch as drivers give thanks to those fighting COVID-19
- Kurt Busch: Joins the ALL IN Challenge by offering a dream Las Vegas race weekend that is up for bid. | LEARN MORE
- Joey Logano: The Joey Logano Foundation in partnership with Elevation Outreach has established a $1 million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The funding will address a variety of needs throughout the greater Charlotte area and communities across the United States, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution and financial shortages. | LEARN MORE
- Jimmie Johnson: The seven-time champ has set up a fundraising effort for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Inc. where anyone who donates at least $25 will be entered to win signed Jimmie Johnson race-worn shoes. The winner will be selected randomly at the conclusion of the fundraising period after May 1. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Inc. is an organization that has started the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund which focuses on supporting local nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those who are working with the most vulnerable populations in these areas to help build their capacity for response. Learn more about the efforts | DONATE TODAY
- How industry, drivers, partners are responding to coronavirus
NASCAR and iRacing announced the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition esports series featuring many of the sport’s most talented and popular drivers. The multi-week series kicked off March 22 at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway and continued while NASCAR regulars were away from the track. | More about the series
- Recap the virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway race: Hamlin bookends Pro Invitational Series with victories
- Recap the virtual Dover International Speedway race: Byron masters ‘Monster Mile’ for third win
- Recap the virtual Talladega Superspeedway race: Bowman survives wild finish to win GEICO 70
- Recap the virtual Richmond Raceway race: Byron makes it two wins in row at Richmond
- Recap the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway race: Byron dominates to win at Bristol
- Recap the virtual Texas Motor Speedway race: Hill bumps Byron, holds on to win in OT at Texas
- Recap the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway race: Hamlin bumps, beats Dale Jr. to finish in eNASCAR opener
THROWBACK RACES ON YOUTUBE
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- This week’s race: Watch the closest finish in NASCAR history as Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven bang doors coming to the finish at Darlington in the spring of 2003. | WATCH | LISTEN TO REPLAY