On Thursday evening, NASCAR declared that it would be the first major racing event to get back energetically after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down. The NASCAR will start up again for a 400-mile (643km) race on Sunday, May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, despite the fact that onlookers won’t be permitted at the track.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer said in a statement, “NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition. Racing will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials, and all those in the local community,”
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NASCAR plans to run seven races more than 10 days. The initial three races will be at Darlington. First the Cup series race on May 17, and again on Wednesday May 20. An Xfinity race will run on Tuesday, May 19. On May 24, the race moves to Charlotte Motor Speedway, in North Carolina, for the Coca-Cola 600. Additionally, an Xfinity race on May 25, a truck race on May 26, and Cup race on May 27.
What all will be different in the first fanless NASCAR race at Darlington?
In addition to the nonattendance of fans in the stands, the game is causing a couple of changes to attempt to guarantee the safety of the teams. There will be no practice session and qualifying races before any of the races except for the Coca-Cola 600. For the first time, we will witness a virtual national anthem at Darlington.
Each team needs to screen the 16 individuals it plans to send to the races for five days before the race. And NASCAR doesn’t want them to be the people who are working in the race shops. NASCAR will take everybody’s temperature when they enter the track. And everybody needs to wear a veil while at the track.
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