After a two-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR will restart racing this month.
Racing begins at Darlington Raceway on May 17 with a NASCAR Cup Series race which will serve as the first of seven to take place over an 11-day stretch on two separate race tracks during May. Darlington Raceway’s racing will be televised live, with the track closed to fans due to the continuing risk of coronavirus infection.
Darlington Raceway will also host the Xfinity Series on May 19 and the Cup Series on May 20, followed by a race every day from May 24-27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NASCAR racing said: “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.
“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.”
Event protocols should be significantly changed in compliance with Center for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines, as well as local and state governments, with preparation sessions cancelled for all activities and only the Coca-Cola 600 with a qualifying session.
Until accessing facilities all participants will also be screened and social distance guidelines will be established.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 30, 2020