From signing sponsorship partners, planning the event schedule for hometown racing divisions and touring series, stocking concession stands and any number of other related activities. No matter how many times they may have gone through the process in the past, there is nothing that can help a speedway operator prepare for the unexpected.
With its 2020 schedule – the 53rd consecutive season of operation – slated for a Saturday, May 16th green flag, provincial regulations and restrictions put in place as result of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced officials at Peterborough Speedway to postpone the first three dates of the year. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says its an unfortunate situation but a decision that has to be made to guarantee the safety of everyone who could possibly come through the gate.
“Its not a choice we want to make; but one we have to make. The only way to enjoy a season of racing together in the future is to spend some time apart right now,” said Josiasse. “We have to keep a positive attitude during trying times and even with the delay in getting things underway this year, I want to ensure our fans, drivers and teams that we’re committed to give everyone as much racing as possible.”
Once track officials get official permission to move forward, Josiasse says the first order of business will be to announce the new date for this year’s edition of the Pure Country 105 Season Opener, featuring free spectator grandstand admission. The team at Peterborough Speedway is also looking at several different options, including arranging make-up dates during the traditional downtime between Labour Day weekend and the Autumn Colours Classic to keep the 2020 schedule rolling. Depending on provincial protocol pertaining to the size of allowable public gatherings, private track rental for open testing sessions may also be available.
“We give our thanks to the teams of healthcare and frontline workers here in Central Ontario, across the province and the rest of the nation for their tireless efforts in battle with the Coronavirus Pandemic,” said Josiasse. “Please continue to follow local, regional and national public health notices and wellbeing guidelines concerning social distancing and we’ll all get through this difficult time. Stay safe. Keep well.”
For the latest updates, schedule news and information, head to www.peterboroughspeedway.com or visit the track’s Facebook and Twitter social media platforms. There is also a free app available to send news to your device 24/7/365.
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media