With the vast majority of motorsports at a standstill due to the COVID-19 outbreak, short track drivers have returned to their homes for a break from their normal racing schedule. In the meantime, drivers are using various means to keep connected to their fans, including jumping on iRacing, hosting Q&A’s online and simply keeping up on social media.
On Monday afternoon, 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz reached out to the motorsports world from his home in Fargo, North Dakota. After assuring everyone that he and his family are in good health, he addressed how what he is doing and what the rest of the nation should do in order to wage war against this dangerous virus.
"We're all coronavirus free, but it's out there and we're shut down," Schatz said while being joined by a few family members. "There's nothing I can do about it. I don't like it and I know nobody else likes it either. But when you've got every major sporting series and sporting event in the country to keep the people safe, all I can do is take the advice and go along with it. I hate to see us not be proactive, so the best thing I can do is stay put right here. After a couple weeks, maybe we'll get the great opportunity and fortune to go back racing full-time and everything will go back to life as normal. I advise you to do the same thing. And believe me, this is my opinion so you don't have to agree with me and you don't have to like it."
I’ve had a lot of calls, texts and messages about our racing plans in the next few weeks. If we all do our small parts to help keep everyone #coronavirus free, maybe we can get back to normal quicker. For now, my 🐶’s and I are taking it easy.. my thoughts ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/tnaUPjLhij
— Donny Schatz (@DonnySchatz) March 16, 2020
At present, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series has put a halt on all racing events through April 9, affecting seven events on the 2020 schedule.
Stay with Speed51 in the days to come for more from your favorite short track drivers, as well as updates on further announcements on the 2020 racing season.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Paul Arch