NHRA Postpones Portion Of Gatornationals Over Coronavirus Concerns

NHRA Postpones Portion Of Gatornationals Over Coronavirus Concerns

Following a number of other sports and motorsports organizations around the world in addressing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the National Hot Rod Association has postponed the professional portion of the Gatornationals, its largest-attended annual event, this weekend. According to NHRA Senior Director of Public Relations and Communications, Jessica Hatcher, the NHRA’s decision’s made in accordance with statements by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis regarding large gatherings in the state. With local news media reporting an increase in ticket sales over last year’s already-sellout crowds, the largest attendance of any drag race ever held was once again likely. The NHRA’s official statement reads:

In consideration of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the recommendation of the Florida governor, NHRA officials are postponing a portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The sportsman categories contested on Thursday will complete competition this weekend without ticketed spectators. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Factory Stock Showdown, Top Fuel Harley, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will compete at a later date to be determined. Current tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event or ticketholders may opt to use their tickets as a credit toward the 2021 Gatornationals. NHRA will determine next steps for moving forward as additional information becomes available. We appreciate the patience of our competitors and fans.

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