Officers of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca introduced June 13 the cancelation of the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, one of many two main anchors of the annual Monterey Automotive Week. The opposite anchor, the Pebble Seashore Concours d’Magnificence, already has been canceled.
Race monitor officers cited the continuing affect of the coronavirus pandemic for his or her determination.
“The very best precedence is for the well being and security of race members, crews and their households, in addition to company and our Monterey County residents,” John Narigi, monitor president and normal supervisor, was quoted in a information launch.
“As was our plan, we waited till June after weighing all of the choices and totally different eventualities earlier than making a closing determination. Irrespective of how a lot we hoped, nobody can totally anticipate what state mandates might be in place that can have an effect on public occasions and social gatherings.”
The announcement was made simply days after media reports that negotiations between the monitor’s new administration and the brand new volunteer employees wanted to stage a significant occasion had damaged down.
The Laguna Seca Volunteers Affiliation was to take the place of the long-time Sports activities Automotive Racing Affiliation of the Monterey Peninsula volunteer group underneath the brand new administration plan. The breakdown in negotiations apparently revolved across the availability of county-mandated insurance coverage protection for the volunteers whereas they have been on the monitor, which is owned by the County of Monterey.
Relating to the Reunion cancelation, the monitor mentioned it is going to refund all entry charges, in addition to tenting area and ticket purchases.
The raceway might be obtainable for personal monitor leases, officers famous.
“Whereas massive public occasions and gatherings will not be permissible underneath present state mandates, the County of Monterey Well being Division has accepted WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s reopening plan for personal monitor leases which have strict well being and security protocols,” the monitor mentioned.
The monitor additionally mentioned it could host a “Driver Appreciation Weekend” underneath the rental tips on August 8-9 so racers can train their autos on the historic circuit.
“We empathize with the members who need to take pleasure in their vehicles at pace, lots of whom haven’t had the chance to take action this 12 months,” Narigi mentioned. “The Driver Appreciation Weekend is designed to thank members for his or her ongoing assist, suggestions and endurance throughout these difficult instances.”