In a media teleconference Tuesday, March 17, NASCAR President, Steve Phelps talked about plans for completing the 2020 season.
Phelps started the teleconference acknowledging the intention to complete the full 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
“Most importantly we intend to race all our 36 points races as well as the All‑Star event,” Phelps said.
“What those look like at this particular point we’re looking broadly about what our options are.”
Finish at Phoenix, Keeping the Playoffs intact.
The NASCAR president said at present, NASCAR intends to finish the season at Phoenix, keeping the Playoff portion.
“With that said, it will require a lot of different opportunities for us to look at,” Phelps said.
He said plans for midweek races and doubleheaders were in consideration.
“At this particular point a lot of things on the table for us to look at, working with our race teams, working with our racetracks to make sure the things that we’re putting on the table are feasible for us to do,” he said.
Process of Deciding to Restart the Season
Phelps was asked what the process of starting races back, and whether fans would be a part of that equation.
“I think the way we view this is kind of how we view Atlanta, which is we need to make sure that we are keeping our competitors and those that are at the racetracks, our race teams, our officials, we need to have the health of those folks paramount for us,” he said.
“Would we consider racing without fans at some point to get back racing more quickly without fans? That’s in the consideration set,” Phelps said.
“I don’t know. It’s changing so rapidly, what it means for mass gatherings, what’s that number. Again, we’ll work with our health officials. We’re working with a number of infectious disease professionals that are going to help us through what that looks like and whether it makes sense for us to race without fans or have our first race be back with fans.”
The CDC recommended all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks. Even without spectators, race teams would mean any NASCAR event would be above that 50 person recommendation.