In an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities worldwide are encouraging "social distancing." This includes discouraging or outright banning large gatherings. That emphasis on social distancing—plus widespread travel restrictions—means that many large business and sporting events will be canceled or postponed. Here, we've collected a complete list of the motorsports and car culture events affected by coronavirus, last updated on Friday, April 3 at 11:51 am edt.
This situation is constantly changing, so this article will continue to be updated. Regardless of whether event organizers or local authorities cancel or postpone events near you, we urge you to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Avoiding close contact with other people is encouraged, especially for those with compromised immune systems or who are otherwise vulnerable.
McLaren pulled out of the Australian Grand Prix after a team member tested positive for COVID-19. Hours later, the entire Grand Prix weekend was postponed. F1 has since postponed the Chinese, Bahrain, Vietnam, Dutch, Spanish, and Azerbaijan Grands Prix. No new race dates have been given. The 2020 Monaco Grand Prix has been called off and will not be rescheduled.
Formula 1 and the FIA still expect to start the 2020 season “as soon as it’s safe to do so after May." The series says it will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves.
The 12 Hours of Sebring has been postponed. Originally scheduled for March 18-21, it will now be held from November 11-14. All other premier-class racing is so far unaffected. Due to IndyCar axing its events through the end of April, IMSA classes set to run at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Grand Prix of Alabama will not take place as previously scheduled. The Grand Prix of Long Beach has been canceled. The Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio has been rescheduled for September 27, while the race at Laguna Seca has been moved up one weekend to September 6.
Petit Le Mans, set to take place at Road Atlanta, has been pushed back one week, from the weekend of October 7 to the weekend of October 14.
The Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway races have been indefinitely postponed. The series later postponed all races through May 3, including those at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Dover International Speedway.
The series plans to resume its schedule on May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, and intends to run its entire 36-race schedule this year, with postponed races to be rescheduled at a later date.
All Indycar races for the months of March and April have been canceled. This includes the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Grand Prix of Alabama, the Grand Prix of Long Beach, and the IndyCar Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas. They will not be rescheduled. The Indy 500 Open Test is also off. The Indianapolis Grand Prix has been delayed to July 4, while the Indianapolis 500 has been delayed until August 23. The Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio has been moved forward one week, to August 7-9. All other races are on for now, but that's subject to change.
World Endurance Championship
The 1000 Miles Of Sebring has been canceled in the wake of a U.S. ban on travelers entering the country who have recently been in Europe. The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps has been indefinitely delayed. The 24 Hours of LeMans has been postponed from June 13 - 14 to September 19 - 20. All other races are as of now unaffected.
The W Series canceled a pre-season test that was originally supposed to take place in early May at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain. The first race, set to take place in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 29th, is still scheduled to go ahead as planned.
Creventic 24H Series Europe
The first-ever 12 Hours of Estoril, originally set to take place the weekend of March 26, has been called off. The sanctioning body says the rest of the season will go on as scheduled.
MotoGP canceled its season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar due to travel restrictions placed on passengers who had recently visited Italy. The Thailand Grand Prix has been postponed until October 3.
The Grand Prix of the Americas outside of Austin has been rescheduled. Originally slated for the first weekend of April, it'll now be held on November 15. The Argentina Grand Prix will also be delayed from April to November, taking place on November 22. The Arogan GP and Valencia GP have both been shifted to accommodate the updated schedule. They will be held on September 27 and November 29, respectively. The season's new opening race is the Spanish GP on May 3, though we'll have to wait for further updates on whether that will proceed.
Isle of Man TT
The Isle of Man TT, originally scheduled to take place from May 30 until June 13, has been canceled.
The Sanya ePrix was canceled, the Rome ePrix was rescheduled, and the Jakarta ePrix was postponed before the championship and the FIA announced in a joint statement it would be suspending the season for a period of two months.
The NHRA Gatornationals were postponed for all but the sportsman classes that raced on Thursday, March 12. The series' premier classes will be rescheduled.
On March 16, the NHRA announced via Twitter it will suspend all of its sanctioned drag racing events for 30 days. This includes the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and the upcoming Las Vegas Motor Speedway event in early April, which will be rescheduled.
The NHRA says it still plans to resume its original schedule in Houston on April 17, though that's subject to change depending on the situation.
Rally Mexico will end early to allow participants to get home, following widespread travel restrictions enacted in many parts of the world. Rally Argentina, originally set to take place April 23 - 26, has been postponed, but no new race date was given.
"We regret the postponement and all parties will work closely together to identify a potential new date for the event," said WRC promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla in a statement.
British Touring Car Championship
TOCA, the British Touring Car Championship's sanctioning body, has postponed the series' first three races at Donington Park, Brands Hatch, and Silverstone. The championship intends to reschedule all three events and run a full season, though it hasn't set new dates.
American Rally Association
The 100 Acre Wood Rally in Missouri has been canceled.
GT World Challenge Europe
The city of Long Beach has put an axe on any event with 250 or more people, so the upcoming Long Beach Formula Drift event has been canceled.
Formula 2 & Formula 3
The opening races of both Formula 2 and Formula 3—originally scheduled for March 20-22 in Bahrain — have been postponed.
Nürburgring Endurance Series
The opening round of the World Rallycross championship, originally set to take place at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Spain on April 18 - 19, has been postponed.
The Japanese Super GT series has postponed its April 12 season-opener at Okayama Circuit. A new date for the race has not been released. Spectators who purchased tickets can receive a refund via the circuit's website.
According to Sportscar365, Super GT announced its next test session, happening at Fuji on March 28 - 29, will be held behind closed doors. No other races have been affected.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
The World of Outlaws Sprint car series has postponed all events through April 9, including the East Texas Lone Car Shootout, the Arizona Desert Shootout, and the SoCal Showdown. No future dates for the seven total events have been released.
American Flat Track
The American Flat Track motorcycle racing series announced in a tweet it has postponed its event weekend at Daytona International Speedway, originally set to take place March 13 - 15. The Daytona 200 has been moved to October, while the Daytona TT will be rescheduled at a later date. The sanctioning body says it is assessing the situation regarding future events.
Other Automotive Events
The Geneva International Motor Show was canceled. The New York International Auto Show has been rescheduled to the fall. Cadillac's unveiling of first all-electric vehicle, the Lyriq, has been delayed. Further episodes of The Grand Tour Season 4 will be delayed. The movie Fast and Furious 9, originally set to open in late May, has been postponed until April 2021.
Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach auction, planned for April, has been postponed till October. Spa-Francorhamps has closed its doors until April 3 as a result of restrictions on sporting activities enacted by the Belgian government. Circuit of the Americas has closed indefinitely. Virginia International Raceway will be closed through April 1.
All Radwood events have been postponed until further notice. The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance has been canceled. The Goodwood Members Meeting has been postponed. All events up until April 19 at the Nürburgring, including tourist drive sessions, have been canceled. The National Corvette Museum is closed until further notice, though factory deliveries for new C8 Corvette owners will continue. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been postponed from June 28 to August 30.
The Mille Miglia has been rescheduled to October 22 - 25. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has been rescheduled to October 16 - 18. The Easter Jeep Safari has been canceled. The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been postponed. The North American International Auto Show, commonly known as the Detroit Auto Show, has been canceled. Luftgekühlt 7 has been postponed until November 1, 2020. The Beijing Auto Show has been moved to September 26.