NASCAR will maintain their annual Coca Cola 600 over Memorial Day weekend with no followers in attendance.
The 600 mile occasion will proceed as deliberate on the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Fans can tune in to look at the race on Fox with pre-race ceremonies starting at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. Fans also can hearken to the race on Performance Racing Network (PRN) affiliates with protection starting at 5 p.m.
NASCAR was one of many first sports activities to return amidst the the coronavirus pandemic. In an April 30 announcement, the group revealed that it will start holding races once more with a 400 mile race within the NASCAR Cup collection at Darlington Raceway on May 17. The Coca Cola 600 would be the fourth race that NASCAR has held for the reason that coronavirus outbreak.
In an April 29 assertion, Speedway Motors president and CEO stated that the race could be a welcome return to dwell sports activities for followers globally. “As one of the first races back on television, the Coca-Cola 600 will be part of America’s broadcast coming-out party for live, major-league sports competition,” he stated. Sports followers around the globe want this — a return to some sense of normalcy with dwell sports activities on TV — and NASCAR is uniquely positioned to ship it from a contest standpoint.”
In a statement, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that it would still hold its annual salute to the troops before the race, which is just as important a part of the annual event as the race itself. “While the pandemic has compelled us to alter lots about what makes Memorial Day Weekend so particular, one factor it can’t change is our resolve to honor those that made the final word sacrifice for our freedoms in addition to those that proceed the battle as we speak,” Charlotte Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Greg Walter said in a statement. “This yr, our celebration right here at America’s Home for Racing might be each digital and at-track, and all shared with race followers by means of the FOX broadcast and on social media.”
According to NASCAR, the pre-race salute will include a virtual “State of Freedom” address from U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a virtual national anthem performance by Edward Schrank who has survived head and neck cancer from chemical exposure while serving in the Marine Corps, a flyover from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, a virtual 21-gun salute from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, and more.
On May 14, NASCAR introduced the subsequent block of races that may proceed with out followers attending. The 13 newly introduced races will start at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway on May 30 and run by means of June 21 at Alabama’s Talladega Motor Speedway.