IndyCar’s season-opening race this weekend and the upcoming two NASCAR Cup series races will be held in front of empty stands as a precaution due to the Coronavirus.
The championship today announced that “all activities surrounding Sunday’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg will be closed to spectators and limited to essential personnel only.” Some accredited media will also be permitted to attend.
“This protocol is being put in place to protect the health and welfare of the fans, drivers, teams, workers and officials, as we mitigate the risk of exposure to Covid-19.”
The event will run to a revised, compressed schedule. “The race weekend will operate from Friday through Sunday, with IndyCar on-track sessions limited to Saturday and Sunday,” said the promoters.
“The activities also include Road To Indy, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup, and SRO Motorsports Group America on a condensed schedule.”
NASCAR’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami next weekend will also be held behind closed doors. “We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events,” said the championship in a statement.
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