Off-road racing organization Best in the Desert has announced that it is taking precautions to mitigate the potential risk of the COVID-19 virus at the upcoming Jagged X National Desert Cup presented by Quantum Motorsports, set to be held March 20-22.
The sanctioning organization is taking several steps to ensure racers are competing in a safe racing environment and that the event continues as planned.
Drivers Meetings and all large group gatherings are being restructured. Driver’s Meetings will now be held via Facebook and Instagram channels. As a result, Method Race Wheels Driver’s Meeting Social Hour will not take place.
Best in the Desert requests that only Driver of Record/Co-Drivers/Riders come to registration. Pit crew and other family members should remain behind in the pits.
The after-race awards ceremony will not be held. Trophies will be presented at the Ford Mesa finish line podium.
Best in the Desert will be taking additional sanitation precautions by providing hand sanitizer or hand-wash stations in Port-a-Johns, at registration and other public areas.
Registration will be closed to the public. Only drivers/co-drivers/riders should attend.
“We take the COVID-19 matter very seriously and want to make sure our racers, pit crews, staff, and volunteers are protected as much as possible,” commented Best in the Desert CMO Bryan Folks. “We want to remind everyone who participates in our event the importance of following preventative measures such as washing hands, avoiding direct contact with fellow racers, covering your mouth when coughing and keeping a safe distance as much as possible from other people. In particular, we ask that anyone who is not feeling well, has a temperature, or experiencing flu-like symptoms not attend the race.”
The organization has received permission from Clark County Parks and Recreation as of Friday, March 13, to hold the event as planned.