On Monday of this week, NHRA announced cessation of all its activities for 30 days as the sanctioning body evaluates how it can best protect its participants and fans. All operations have been suspended for 30 days; this includes NHRA-owned drag strips and competition in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
The sanctioning body is hoping – and it is its intention – to resume competition in Houston, TX with the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, scheduled to take place at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, TX on April 17-19. At that time, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle are scheduled to compete, together with nine Lucas Oil sportsman classes.
NHRA has elected to postpone the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA four-Wide Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, originally scheduled for April 3-5. The date of this rescheduled race will be announced once the track and NHRA have found a compatible date.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely, to listen to experts, and to be transparent as to when we believe we will be able to resume racing,” the sanctioning group said.
“We made this decision with heavy hearts, as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world, the country and our NHRA family. We believe,” the statement continued, “this is the right decision since social distancing and reducing gatherings of people has been recommended as one of the most effective ways to protect everyone in the long run.
“We are all in this complicated, uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones,” NHRA stated. “We encourage you to consult www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for information and updates.”
Drivers are continuing their training processes during this layover and it also gives some teams that have had start-of-season issues the opportunity to test their setups in order to make improvements.
Many Pro Stock Motorcycle racers, who were set to make their season start at last weekend’s 51st Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals have been testing in the southeastern part of the country in order to be prepared when the season restarts, whether it’s in Houston or later at Richmond, Topeka or Bristol, the next events on their calendar.