Since NASCAR returned to the track last month, fans have not been allowed at the tracks and NASCAR has limited the number of team members allowed at the track.
But when NASCAR comes to the races this weekend at Homestead-Miami and Talladega next weekend, NASCAR will be allowing a limited number of fans to the races. Less than 2,000 fans will be admitted to the NASCAR Cup Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami and 5,000 the GEICO 500 on June 21 at Talladega.
Like NASCAR officials, team members, and track officials; the fans will be required to adhere to health screenings and enhanced safety protocols.
NASCAR’s Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Sales Officer Daryl Wolfe spoke on the new protocols saying, “the race-day experience will be different, it’s just different times, and fans will have to adjust that. We will have to adjust on how we’re addressing these issues for fans. We think we have a very, very good plan in place — a very detailed plan — but make no mistake, I’m sure there will be some key learnings coming out of Homestead that then we will reapply and adjust for Talladega.”
Ever since the races have restarted, NASCAR has focused even more than normal on saluting heroes – hometown and military. During the race on Sunday in south Florida, 1,000 South Florida service members will be invited to watch the race from the stands.
At the race in Talladega, 5,000 fans will be allowed to attend the race at a track that can hold 80,000 fans in the stands. A limited number of motorhome spots will also be made available to fans at Talladega.
No plans have been made for fan attendance past the race in Talladega later this month.
NASCAR notes that the number of people allowed to attend the races is being determined by local ordinances and safety protocols.
Fans will be required to have a health screening prior to entering the track.
Masks will be required by all who enter the facility. Anyone who does not have a mask will be provided with one.
Outside coolers are forbidden, but the concession stands will be open.
Hand washing and sanitizing is strongly encouraged. Washing stations will be available.
Public areas will be cleaned on a regular basis.
Social distancing of at least six feet will be required.
Fans will not be permitted to enter the infield, pits, or garage areas.
NASCAR vice president of racing operations John Bobo said that they have been consulting with infectious disease physician and epidemiologists; as well as, their own physicians to obtain the best advice on how to proceed.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin spoke on the return of fans to the track saying, “oh, I miss them a lot. To me, I miss the pre-race stuff as much as anything. … Going out to driver intros, fans are either rooting you on or cussing you out. I mean, I’ll take a few cuss-outs here now. I don’t even care. I just want to hear something. Silence is deafening right now.”