According to recent reports, if Watkins Glen International doesn’t get a waiver for the NASCAR races from New York State the series will move the races to some other venue.
The Watkins Glen management has urged the New York governor to give a waiver to the series. New York state is entering Stage 3 of reopening and motorsports is still not in the list of permitted activities.
Reports are saying that Daytona’s road course is a front runner if NASCAR is forced to move the Watkins Glen races. NASCAR journalist Adam Stern writes, “@NASCAR‘s Quarantine Waiver For Watkins Glen Race Appears Unlikely. Daytona’s road course is the most mentioned potential replacement circuit in play.”
Last week, it was reported that NASCAR is growing skeptical of the acceptance of the track’s request for a waiver. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, hasn’t given any update with just weeks to go for the race.
The track management sent a proposal to the New York Governor, ‘to allow only people from the state and within 150 miles of the track to attend’. And they are optimistic that the governor will grant their request.
Earlier, in an interview with Associated Press, track president Michael Printup said, “We think we have a pretty good plan on being able to allow a limited number of fans. We know that to ask him to bring fans from outside the state was probably going to be a big stretch.”
After that, he talked about the security measures to be implemented for the race. He said, “It’s all about social distancing, temperature takes of every fan. We can social distance them in the grandstands. We have plenty of those.”
Additionally, He expressed his excitement for the upcoming races. He said, “Everybody is excited about getting back in the saddle. I know we are.
“We had some people on furlough and we were able to bring back almost every single person, so that’s good. It’s good to get the activity going, get the track hot.”