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In wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, also known as the coronavirus, NASCAR has elected to hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 13-15) and Homestead Miami Speedway (March 20-22) without fans in attendance, per an announcement on Thursday, March 12.
Despite the changes, NASCAR plans to continue to hold all six events at the two currently affected tracks.
“These events will be restricted to competitors, crews, and officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race,” a NASCAR release stated. “We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events.”
NASCAR becomes the latest motorsports sanctioning body to put restrictions on its events, joining IndyCar, F1, IMSA and the NHRA.
A time table the for the resumption of normal procedures in unclear. Plans for future races, including those at Texas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway were unannounced.