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World of Outlaws postpones events through April 9

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Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 virus, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has postponed all events through April 9.

“This decision has not been made lightly, and while everyone in our sport wants to race, we believe this is the right decision given the traveling nature of our Series and the local makeup of our events,” series officials said in a press release. 

“The Series will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and provide additional information at a later date. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.”

The race postponements will affect races at Cotton Bowl Speedway in  Paige, Texas, LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, USA Raceway in Tuscon, Airz., Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Airz., Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif., Santa Maria Speedway in Sanat Maria, Calif., and Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. 

Updates on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, which is not scheduled to compete until March 27, will be provided by the series at a later date.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.