NASCAR opts to postpone weekend race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
ATLANTA - NASCAR says it will now postpone race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.
"We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events," NASCAR released in a statement.
The decision comes after NASCAR announced Thusday it would hold the races without fans in attendance.
Atlanta Motor Speedway also released a statement, letting fans know how they can be credited back: Ticketholders can use tickets for the postponed event, receive an event credit for the full amount paid plus an additional 20 percent, or choose to receive a full refund of their purchase price.
AMS wants fans to hold on to tickets and start an exchange request form at http://AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.
"Ticketholders on file for these events will receive a full credit toward AMS purchases grandstand seating, infield access, camping, fan hospitality and pit passes. The credit will be applicable towards any Speedway Motorsports NASCAR race in the remainder of 2020 or the 2021 season," the statement read.
AMS is asking that further questions be directed to the ticket office at 770-946-4211.
Sporting events across the country have been either canceled or altered in some way amind growing concern over the coronavirus.
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In professional sports, The National Basketball Association and National Hockey League suspended their seasons. The PGA announced that all of its tours would continue as scheduled, but do so without fans. Major League Soccer announced that they would be suspending their season for 30 days.
In collegiate sports, the Big Ten, AAC, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12 and SEC tournaments were canceled, just days before the scheduled Selection Sunday for the 2020 NCAA tournament.