2020 is suspended

March 14, 2020 /// issue no. 74

This morning I received word that Sonoma Raceway is shutting down until at least the end of March. This means I will have no weekend escape from my children whose schools have shutdown until mid-April. I am still quite sore from knowing the Australian GP is toast. The FIA and F1 in all their wishful thinking are currently hoping the 2020 season starts in May.

IndyCar canceled this weekend’s event in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as the early-April event at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. This means that the IMSA Porsche and Lamborghini support series are also done for. The Grand Prix of Long Beach which is scheduled for mid-April is also definitely moving.

On the “major amateur” motorsports front, the SCCA has suspended all national events for the rest of March. NASA has had both of their California weekend races canceled by decree of the governor.

Given that the U.S. President has declared a national emergency as the novel coronavirus spreads, it seems obvious to say that every thing is canceled. That isn’t quite true. I know for a fact that a few track organizations are still running things as scheduled where race tracks have not shut themselves down. Good for those getting out and having fun. I hope they stay healthy and keep their hands to themselves.

I am stuck. You are probably stuck. And if you aren’t stuck you probably will be soon. 2020 is suspended. Stay healthy, friends. I’ll probably have this vintage IMSA battle on repeat.

Coffee time,

daily automotive addiction.