With half of the 2020 racing season complete, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO has announced an update to the current championship schedule that will ultimately condense the remaining events on the calendar into back-to-back triple-headers to close out the year. Each of the next two events of the season, in September from Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and in October from Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway, will extend from weekend doubleheaders into three-day affairs. The expansion of these events means the originally scheduled November race at Wild Horse Pass will no longer occur.
“There were several factors that went into this decision, but ultimately our goal was to provide the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with as clear a path as possible to successfully completing the 2020 season,” said Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Director of Race Operations Ritchie Lewis. “With the coronavirus pandemic still presenting many unknowns, there was some uncertainty about having the schedule extend into November as we simply don’t know where things will stand at that point.”
“Moreover, it also made sense from an operational standpoint to have one less logistical burden for both our staff and competitors to deal with,” Lewis continued. “We felt like the expansion of Wild Horse Pass and Glen Helen was something that would benefit all parties involved.”
With the updated schedule, the race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will now take place on Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20. The new season finale at Glen Helen Raceway will occur one week later than originally scheduled and will now commence on Friday, October 16, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, with the final day serving as the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, which annually brings each season to an exciting conclusion.
In accordance with local health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, each of these remaining races will be run as competitor only events, with no spectator access permitted.
“In the continued efforts to help fight the spread of COVID-19 we have worked in close correspondence with officials at both the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona and San Bernardino County in California to develop a plan that will allow us to successfully host these races without fans in the grandstands,” Lewis said. “Additionally, we will take added precautions to revise the race day schedule in an effort to minimize the impact of the high temperatures that could accompany each of these weekends.”
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