The World of Outlaws Late Model Series has postponed the next two races at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee (originally scheduled for March 27), and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina (March 28), in accordance with guidelines from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
The task force has asked Americans to “curtail events and increase social distancing,” according to a release on the Outlaws web site.
“After much consideration and in cooperation with our tracks, World of Outlaws events scheduled during this period have been postponed,” the release read. “The World of Outlaws will continue to monitor developments across our nation and make decisions on future events when appropriate.”
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In postponing the next two events, the Outlaws Late Models can return to action in early April if conditions permit.
The next event on the calendar after the two-race postponement is the Illini 100, a three-day show from April 2-4 at Farmer City (Illinois) Raceway.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car series are currently on hold as well through April 10.
Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.
The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.
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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.
Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).
Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.
Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.
The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
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