NASCAR will start running again in two weeks, without fanfare amid the Corson virus epidemic.
The next race is scheduled for Sunday May 17 at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina, and will be the first of seven races in 11 days, providing the first NASCAR action for two months.
The seven races are split between Darlington and Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina, with the former three and the latter four.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said in a statement that the organization worked closely with medical experts to ensure it was safe to race again.
“Neskar will return to an environment that will ensure the safety of all of our competitors, officials and the local community.”
“We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for their unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in returning cars to the track,” Mr. Added O’Donnell.
In a video message on Twitter, NASCAR’s vice president of racing development, Ben Kennedy, said social guidelines would be followed.
“We are maintaining a social distancing protocol during this incident and in fact we are trying to be as safe and responsible as possible about this incident,” he said.
Eminent NASCAR drivers enthusiastically responded to this news on Twitter.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmy Johnson tweeted: “I am excited to get back racing. Safety is clearly the most important thing and I know that NASCAR is working to ensure that we have the necessary safety precautions.
“While it is unfortunate that the stand will not have fans, it is clearly necessary at this time.”
Brad Keselowski also shared his excitement at the news: “It is almost impossible to create a perfect program, but @NASCAR has worked hard and done a great job to recreate racing.
“Things will look different when we return, but what makes our race a success, especially our fans, is the change needed to protect them,” he said.
The last race in the Nascar Cup Series took place on March 8 at Phoenix Raceway, Arizona, where Joey Logano recorded his second win of the season.
Coronavirus outbreaks meant that the next race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was unable to go forward.
In total, eight race weekends have been postponed due to the crisis, meaning the race on May 17 will be the fifth of this year’s season.
As things stood, Kevin Harvick narrowly pushed forward Mr. Logano in the standings, with the former scoring 164 points and the latter joining the first race in 163 May.