No more practice for NASCAR

NASCAR has announced the remainder of the 2020 season will run without practice and qualifying in all three national series.

“Following discussions with our race teams and the broader industry, NASCAR will continue to conduct its race weekends without practice and qualifying for the remainder of the 2020 season in all three national series,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “The current format has worked well in addressing several challenges during our return to racing. Most importantly, we have seen competitive racing week-to-week. NASCAR will adjust the starting lineup draw procedure for the Playoff races, and will announce the new process at a later date.”

NASCAR has races coming up at Daytona International Speedway Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 28-29.

Rolex 24 dates set

The 59th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, North America’s most prestigious sports car race, will be Jan. 30-31 at Daytona International Speedway to open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

In addition, the annual “Roar Before the Rolex 24” preseason test sessions shifts to a new date, Jan. 22-24 (Friday-Sunday). Following the “Roar,” IMSA teams are set to remain at the track through the Rolex 24 weekend.

The IMSA championship features competition in four classes: the Daytona Prototype international class (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD). The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season will begin Friday, Jan. 29, with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.

High school fall practices will now start Aug. 17

Volusia County Schools will delay the start of the athletic practices, originally scheduled to begin July 27, to Monday, Aug. 17, based on a recommendation from the Florida High School Athletic Assocation Sports Medical Advisory Committee,

The date is subject to change based on the Covid-19 data provided by the CDC, the Volusia County Department of Health and the State of Florida.

These guidelines pertain to FHSAA fall sports of football, sideline cheer, girls’ volleyball, cross country, swimming, bowling and golf.

Any questions regarding a specific sport should be directed to the athletic director at the student-athlete’s school.

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