On Thursday, NASCAR revealed that it would be the first major racing event to get back on track after the coronavirus pandemic shut down. NASCAR will run a 400-mile (643km) race on Sunday, May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, although the fact that supporters won’t be allowed at the track.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’S vice president & chief racing development officer quoted 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,”
NASCAR Vice President of Racing Development Ben Kennedy addresses some of the key questions about retruning in May.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 30, 2020
The first three races will be held at Darlington. First the Cup series race on May 17, and again on Wednesday, May 20. The Xfinity Series 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. Also, an Xfinity Series race on May 25, a truck Series race on May 26, and Cup race on May 27.
What are the changes there will be in NASCAR’s First Fanless Race at Darlington?
With the fact no fans will be in attendance, there will be no practice session and qualifying races before any of the races except for the Coca-Cola 600. For the first time.
Each team must screen all 16 individuals it plans to operate the races for five days before each event. NASCAR will check everybody’s temperature when they enter the track. And all participant needs to wear a veil while at the track.