Announced today, NASCAR will be returning to the track on Sunday May 17th for a NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway. The race will be the first of seven races they’re going to pack into an eleven-day stretch.
Of course, these races will all be run without fans for the time being.
“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.
“NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.”
With the help of public health officials, NASCAR will also put in place a number of safety measure including:
-Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event;
-Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility;
-Social distancing protocols throughout the event;
-Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility
NASCAR will also eliminate practice for all events, as well as qualifying for all events except the Coca-Cola 600.