The efforts of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship to hold this weekend’s 2020 season-ending Syracuse Indoor Auto Races at the New York State Fairground Exposition Center in Syracuse, New York came to a premature halt on Thursday afternoon after an announcement of an attendance restriction by the state in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) viral outbreak.
Originally, event organizers Len Sammons Motorsports Productions were planning to move ahead with track preparation earlier on Thursday, ahead of a two-night Friday-Saturday racing program featuring TQ Midgets, Champ Karts, and Slingshots.
Shortly after the announcement of the attendance restrictions was made by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Indoor Auto Racing Championship posted the following statement across their social media channels.
“The track was ready and we were committed to holding the Syracuse Indoor Races and the conclusion of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship this Friday and Saturday evening.
Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and the Indoor Auto Racing Championship make the health and safety of our fans, competitors, and partners a priority and because of that the State of New York has forced our hand and we are canceling this weekends events.
Information about ticket refunds, standings, and future events will follow shortly."
The cancellation of the Syracuse Indoor Races is just one of many public events across the U.S. that have been cancelled or postponed either voluntarily or on the orders of government officials.
Speed51 will continue to provide the latest on schedule changes across the world of short track racing as they happen.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Ken Zachem