Rejoice racing fans, you will soon be able to come see the stars of your favorite series race in person if you want. First off, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s not forget the fact that we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. But, for how well that racing has done to get their seasons restarted, it’s paying off in dividends.
I wrote this past spring that we shouldn’t expect to be attending any races prior to the month of July. I was basically right.
Yes, Homestead and Talladega hosted fans on the NASCAR side over the last couple of weeks, but they were extremely limited. We have three more weeks to go through without fans again at Pocono, Indianapolis and Kentucky.
But, things are starting to get clearer again. I’m not a medical expert so can’t speak on the coronavirus cases and where things stand now in comparison to this spring. To me, that’s really confusing on what we’re supposed to believe because you see conflicting reports. Is this serious? Yes. Do we need to let our guards down? No. Can we at least keep to ourselves but enjoy an afternoon at the track? That decision is being placed in our hands again.
What I do know is, fans are going to start being able to come back more starting next month.
The July 3 ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway will be able to have fans. The same race track will host limited fans over the next two straight weekends after to allow the NHRA season to resume. IMSA can host 5k at Daytona on July 4.
Road America for the NTT IndyCar Series will have fans for their doubleheader weekend on July 11-12. Same for the Iowa Speedway (estimated 5-6k) a week later for their twin bill show.
NASCAR will have fans then at the Bristol All-Star race (30k), the Texas Motor Speedway (50% capacity max) race that weekend, then a couple of weekend’s later in New Hampshire (35% capacity).
That gets us to early August, with the only races as of now being run in the month of July behind closed doors being the IndyCar/NASCAR show at Indianapolis July 4-5, the NASCAR weekend at Kentucky (July 10-12) and the Kansas race for NASCAR on July 23. The Kansas show though does still have a chance to host fans according to track officials.
While full capacities are not likely to happen still any time soon, it’s still a step in the right direction. This is showing that as long as we keep social distancing and abiding to track guidelines, we can be welcomed back.