Dirt Racing returns with events behind closed doors
The World of Outlaws are set to return to action. Two tracks will host the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
The announcement to return to the real world was made during the LIVE broadcast of the World of Outlaws iRacing event on Tuesday night via CBS Sports.
Both events will be hosted in Iowa. Officials worked closely with the Iowa governors office and other state and local officials to make sure the event was in compliance with state and national guidelines.
Friday, May 8, 2020
World of Outlaws
Sprint Car Series
Friday, May 15, 2020
World of Outlaws
Late Model Series
Both events will see the same schedule of events with a Saturday rain date. Hot Laps at 6:30pm CT (7:30pm ET), followed by qualifying and racing at 7:30pm CT (8:30pm ET).
No fans in the grandstands
Closed to fans: The grandstands will be closed to spectators. Only drivers and crew will be allowed. Teams are expected to watch the event from their haulers.
Watch Online: Both events will be shown live on DIRTVISION.
DIRTVision will be offering a 20% discount on any new FAST PASS all-access subscription or single-event pay-per-view purchased at least 3 days prior to each event using Vouchers Codes: RETURNKNOXVILLE and RETURNBOONE. Existing subscription holders will receive a commemorative gift.
Additionally, each of them will be invitation-only with a field of 48 cars. All World of Outlaws regulars are expected to be in attendance.
The rest of the 48-car fields will be completed with local,regional and national talents.
Drivers invited: World of Outlaws point standings (’19 & ’20) along with Knoxville Raceway (’19), DIRTcar Late Model National (’19) and DIRTcar Summer Nationals (’19) point standings. The field will be completed with aWorld of Outlaws Promoter’s Choice, current iRacing DIRTVision standings and current series standings.
All in attendance are expected to wear masks and clean regularly. Regular temperature checks will be preformed as well.
Click here to read guidelines regarding the event at Knoxville Raceway.
Click here to read guidelines regarding the event at Boone Speedway.
Complete guidelines can be viewed at the World of Outlaws COVID-19 Resource Center.
Officials comment on the return
Brian Carter: “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working diligently with partner tracks and City, County, and State government officials across the country to be prepared for our Return to Racing and we will follow a strict set of guidelines that exceed local requirements, including social distancing, utilization of every other pit stall, health screening, hand washing stations and the distribution of masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to everyone in attendance,” explained Brian Carter, Chief Executive Officer for the World of Outlaws.
Ben Geiser: “In conjunction with the management team at Knoxville Raceway we have been working with the Honorable Governor Kim Reynolds in Iowa to determine if and when a Return to Racing would be possible,” said Ben Geisler, Chief Marketing Officer for the World of Outlaws. “Governor Reynolds’ exceptional leadership during this crisis has been crucial during these talks, and her measured approach to opening Iowa back up for business has led us to this point.”
Boone Speedway: “The World of Outlaws put together Operational Procedures for this kind of event and approached us about making it happen, their plan gave us and our local officials a lot of confidence and we hope that we can set an example for dirt tracks across the country by setting a good example,” said Robert Lawton, Boone Speedway.
Knoxville Raceway: “While racing without fans will be hard for all of us, these events at Knoxville Raceway and Boone Speedway mark an important step in getting the country back on track. Governor Reynolds, along with our City and Marion County officials have been key in making that happen,” said John McCoy, Knoxville Raceway Race Director and Promoter.