Southern 500 to have limited fans next month

While fans won’t be on the grounds this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway nor in a couple of weeks at Dover, fans can be in limited capacities in three of the next five weeks too.

Daytona will be able to host a select crowd for both races on Aug. 16 and Aug. 29 and now Darlington will too for the Southern 500.

“We continue to work with our local, state and health officials to determine if fans will be in attendance at the Southern 500 event weekend in September,” the track said on Friday. “Once officially determined that fans are permitted, we are planning for solutions to safely host fans at Darlington Raceway. Based on current guidelines from medical professionals and public health officials, the safest way to host fans is most likely with a reduced seating capacity providing socially distanced seating.

“At this time, we want to provide options for you to help make an informed decision about attending Darlington this September. Please carefully read your options below and submit your preferred course of action for the weekend by August 9, 2020.

“Regardless of your decision, your 2020 seats will be available for 2021 renewals.”

• OPTION 1 is to attend in 2020, understanding your new seat assignments will likely be different to accommodate social distancing requirements. We will make every attempt to place you in comparable seating as close as possible to your existing seats.  You will be required to follow event protocols such as temperature screenings and utilizing face masks. Additional communications outlining specific event details, seat assignments, and health and safety measures will be sent in advance of the event.  If you would like to choose this option, no further action is needed.  We’ll be in touch as more details around the event weekend are finalized. 

• OPTION 2 is to opt out of the 2020 race if you prefer not to attend. If you select this option, you will not lose your money – a credit for 100% of your purchase will be applied to your Darlington Raceway ticket account for the same event in 2021. To select this option, please complete the form below by August 9. 

If you do not respond by August 9, 2020, we will assume you plan to attend in 2020.

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