ARCA Menards Series and Five Flags Speedway officials have postponed the ARCA Pensacola 200 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Vores Compact Touring Series, Outlaw Stocks and Pure Stocks were also scheduled to compete during the event scheduled for March 13-14.
"This weekend's ARCA Menards Series race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida has been postponed due to nationwide and local health concerns relating to COVID-19," reads a statement from Track Enterprises, promoter of the event.
"Five Flags Speedway and Track Enterprises have not announced a make-up date for the rescheduled ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions, but track and series officials are working through potential dates later in the season to which the race could be moved.
"NASCAR and ARCA will work with the respective race track and local public health officials in all areas in which future ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, and ARCA Menards Series West races are scheduled to determine the best course of action for near-term upcoming events.
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, as the second race of the ARCA Menards Series East season. Sam Mayer won the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February.
As of Thursday morning, there had been 26 confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida, with two deaths reported. No cases have been reported at this time in Escambia County, in which Pensacola is located.
NASCAR announced on Thursday that its National Series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (FL) would be contested without fans in attendance, and with restrictions on necessary personnel that would be allowed in order to conduct those races.
According to the release, fans who purchased tickets for the event should hold onto them until the rescheduled date or further notice. Those with questions regarding the Five Flags Speedway race are encouraged to call the track office, 850-944-8400.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo