The racing world prides itself in going at fast. After all, that’s the entire premise of the whole thing, right? But the world’s fastest sport, well that has come to an abrupt stop. That started last weekend. The whole uncertainty has definitely brought forth a lot of questions, with the biggest one being – when can we see cars on a race track again?
Right now, the sporting world is on a halt in general. With the Coronavirus wrecking its havoc on this planet, there’s not much we can do in terms of competition. MLB is delaying their start of the 2020 season until May. The NHL has stopped indefinitely. The NBA is done until at least May but reports are now saying that they’re planning on a June return. Golf is done and so is soccer too.
Racing, well as quickly as we started, we have stopped on our front.
NASCAR ran four races before coming to a grinding halt last Friday. Initially, they just postponed last weekend’s race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and this weekend’s race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. That has since changed.
The NHRA Drag Racing Series competed twice, once in Pomona (Feb. 9) and the other in Arizona (Feb. 23) before skipping last weekend in Gainesville due to the COVOID-19.
Formula One as well as the NTT IndyCar Series were supposed to start their seasons last weekend but also saw their races postponed. Both postponed their seasons through the end of April in wake of these announcements.
As we started this week off, we came to the realization that we weren’t starting any time soon. The CDC advised the general public to avoid crowds in excess of 250 people through the next eight weeks. That would take us to the weekend of May 10. I knew then that it really meant that we wouldn’t be seeing any sports any time soon.
NASCAR, had no choice but to heed to those warnings and on Monday, announced that their next race would be May 9 at the Martinsville (VA) Speedway. They have now postponed races at Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover.
IndyCar races on May 9 too on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Formula One’s next scheduled race is May 3 in Netherlands but due to Europe’s outbreak over there, the Dutch Grand Prix, the Spanish Grand Prix (May 10) as well as the Monaco Grand Prix (May 24) are very much in doubt.
The NHRA announced on Monday too that they will delay their season 30 days and hope to start back up on April 19 in Houston. They’ll miss the least amount of races if they do resume in mid April with just missing the Gatornationals and the 4-Wide Nationals in Vegas. But, if they end up heeding to the CDC warning, then they’ll too miss Houston (April 19) and Charlotte (April 26) before resuming for the 40th NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, GA on May 15-17.