Speed rings, screaming V8s and tense races, NASCAR, the most popular mechanical sport in the United States, will make a comeback … without an audience. And it will resume very strongly, with seven races in ten days (four in the Queen Cup category and three in support), on two different circuits: Darlington in South Carolina, and Charlotte, in North Carolina. What start the season of stars like the Busch brothers, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Jonhson or Clint Bowyer.
To achieve this, a strict protocol is put in place: behind closed doors, no trials, no qualifications and barrier measures to respect. Medical tests, masks and social distancing are on the program.
We are aware of the responsibility this entails, said Steve O’Donnell, Vice President of NASCAR. NASCAR will resume in a safe health environment for our competitors, officials and all members of our community.
As for the starting grid? For the first race, it will be by lot. Then inverted grids. When you know the roughness of the competitors on the track, it could lead to some explosive races. If the NASCAR does indeed go in circles, the races are none the less disputed with often daring strategic options. Running on an oval is a real science.
A recovery that could also comfort Donald Trump, President of the United States, who insisted a lot in April, to relaunch the championships. As a reminder, in Daytona, in February, during the opening round, the tenant of the White House had offered a lap of honor under the cheers of the public. The resumption of a sport whose public is mainly favorable to him, could well be beneficial to him. Failure, on the contrary …
The program :
Sunday May 17: Darlington (400 miles); Wednesday 20: Darlington (500 km); Sunday 24: Charlotte (600 miles); Wednesday 27: Charlotte (500 km); Sunday May 31: Bristol; Sunday June 7: Atlanta; Wednesday June 10: Martinsville; Sunday June 14: Miami; Sunday June 21: Talladega.