The U.S. Motorsports Association, with the help of the state’s racing industry, has formed the Ohio Motorsports Coalition to focus on the safe resumption of motorsports across the state.
The coalition brings together the state’s racetracks, sanctioning organizations and related businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.
The group held its first official meeting on Thursday. All track owners, promoters, sanctioning organizations and related businesses are encouraged to join the coalition and attend the group’s online meetings.
A letter from the coalition has been drafted and will be submitted to Governor Mike DeWine, specifically asking for participation in the Governors Responsible Restart Plan. The Ohio Motorsports Coalition has developed a cohesive plan to implement health guidelines and social distancing requirements as they reopen.
Racetracks have massive space and infrastructure to socially distance. Racing facilities can also be used as a learning site for all community events and mass gatherings to follow. Sporting events, fairs, festivals and other outdoor recreation can learn from the racetrack as Ohio looks towards a reopening plan.
“We understand and respect that large spectator events cannot happen right away and that is not what we are seeking initially. Our tracks and organizations have detailed and safe plans to begin conducting small-format events,” said Jason Kennedy, owner of AutoInterests, and Chairman of the Ohio Motorsports Coalition. “Our season is not long and small events must begin very soon to keep our tracks and industry alive. It’s crucial our plan is heard by state and local government.”
The Ohio Motorsports Coalition consists of members tracks, promoters, and related businesses from all across the state of Ohio. The group has amassed over 5,000 petition supporters.
To participate in the Coalition meeting please send your information to: [email protected]