DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Daytona International Speedway officials say the famed track has “moderate damage” from Hurricane Matthew.
Officials say lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees were damaged from the powerful storm, which made its way up Florida’s coastline Friday. They say there was no flooding at the facility, adding that pictures circulating on social media are from a 2009 storm that caused damage to the speedway.
The ticket office and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed Saturday and Sunday during cleanup. The track’s next event is the Fall Cycle Scene, a racing and demonstration show that begins Thursday and runs through the weekend.
In the meantime, the track is serving as a staging area for Florida Power & Light crews dispatched to repair outages.
The US-based Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship circuit has reportedly parked itself and the pending 2018 season. According to various reports including AutoWeek, AutoSport.com and Motorsport.com, the Red Bull-sponsored GRC has suspended operations.
MotorSportsTalk reached out to a GRC spokesman for comment and further details.
It appears that all GRC-related websites, including its home page, as well as the site to order tickets to races this season, are unavailable. The series’ Twitter account @GRCseries remains, but hasn’t tweeted since April 13.
New York’s Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, which was to host the GRC’s season-opening event (the original Louisville opener in mid-May was cancelled), issued a statement on its Twitter account:
Several GRC teams said at the end of last season that they would not return to the series, including teams from Honda, Volkswagen and Subaru.
It is expected that the GRC Europe series will continue working on its 2019 campaign.
It’s unclear whether teams that are no longer with the GRC U.S. series will move to a new series backed by IMG known as “Americas Rallycross Championship.” The ARC is slated to kick off as part of next month’s World Rallycross event at Silverstone in Great Britain.
Other ARC events, also tied into WRC events, will be at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 4-5, and at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29-30. A fourth event is still in the works.