New Smyrna Speedway has postponed the start of its 2020 racing season for two weeks due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement on the track’s website.
“In response to the states of emergency declared by the Volusia County Government, Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, and President Donald Trump to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, New Smyrna Speedway has made the decision to postpone the start our 2020 racing season for two weeks,” reads the statement. “The safety and well-being of our fans, drivers, and staff are always New Smyrna Speedway’s number one priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information about the new start of our 2020 season.
“We thank you all for your continued support and understanding, and would like to offer our gratitude to our local officials for the work they are doing in keeping our communities safe from the greater Coronavirus pandemic.”
With the decision, an open practice session scheduled for Thursday, March 19 as well as the track’s season opening event on Saturday, March 21 have been cancelled, according to the track’s schedule.
The postponement also impacts New Smyrna’s planned racing event on Saturday, March 28.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for further updates on the coronavirus outbreak.
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