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New Coalition Advocates for Motorsports in New York

A new group, the New York Motorsports Coalition (NYMC), has been formed to raise awareness for the motorsports industry and advocate for racing in the state, coalition participants announced. Supported by Performance Racing Industry (PRI) and owners and operators of motorsports facilities, the coalition is committed to helping race facilities reopen and operate safely, the group say.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s current New York Forward reopening plan, motorsports facilities may not open doors to spectators. As a result, New Yorkers must travel to neighboring states to enjoy racing, resulting in lost revenue for racetracks in the Empire State. In response, NYMC members have formulated a three-step plan to reopen racing to the public in New York.

PRI is encouraging racing enthusiasts and impacted businesses to contact Governor Cuomo in support of NYMC’s proposal here.

“The safe resumption of racing with spectators would provide desperately needed economic stimulus to New York and a morale boost to its residents,” said PRI President Dr. Jamie Meyer. “As a New York native, I’m especially vested in working with PRI and the New York Motorsports Coalition to get the Empire State back on track and racing again.”

The NYMC’s three-step plan, which calls for a phased approach to reopening racetracks beginning this month, begins with 40 percent of a venue’s total capacity and reaches 100 percent by January 1, 2021.

State of New York Motorsports Opening Plan Summary

• Beginning August 28 racetracks will be permitted at 40% of total venue capacity for spectator events. Masks and social distancing practices for participants and spectators.
• Beginning September 19 through the 2020 season racetracks will be permitted to reopen at 70% of total venue capacity for spectator events. Masks and social distancing practices for participants and spectators.
• Beginning January 1, 2021, entertainment venues (specifically racetracks) will be permitted to reopen at 100% of total venue capacity for spectator events. Social distancing practices for participants and spectators.

Click here to view the full plan.

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