It has been an extraordinary past month as our world faces historic challenges with the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As a result, many early season event have been canceled by racing organizations across the world. Taking into account the latest updates from the CDC, health officials, the Federal Government, and state’s individual responses to the spread of the coronavirus, the following Midwestern Council Sport Car Club events in April have been cancelled.
April 24th-25th- Driver School at Blackhawk Farms
April 26th- No Time To Spin Race #1 at Blackhawk Farms
At this time MCSCC will work together with the clubs and race tracks to reschedule the events to allow for a full schedule of racing this season. At this time, there are no other cancellations planned, but we will continue to monitor the situation and work to put on the best season of racing possible for all. As always, the safety of our members, volunteers, racers, and everyone’s families is our highest priority. In the coming weeks, we hope that everyone stays safe and we look to see you at the start of the season!
Midwestern Council Sports Car Club’s primary concern is for the safety of our racers, volunteers and guests. We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and currently plan to continue our racing schedule for the year. This includes our Driver’s school and race April 24th – April 26th and Blackhawk Memorial days May 23rd- May 25th, both at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, Ill. MCSCC is working contingencies and new guidelines in place that will lessen the exposure risk for everyone. Of course, we do not know what circumstances will be in place a month from now. MCSCC will keep you informed by email and Facebook and comply with all governmental requirements. At this point, please keep prepping your cars.
We will be making a final decision the week of April 13th. Please still take time to register for the first event weekend! Credit cards for the Sprint Race will not be charged until preregistration closes on Wednesday April 22nd. Full refunds or deferment for the Driver School entry are available until April 22nd as well.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone throughout our 2020 racing season!
The Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs continues to monitor developments around COVID-19, also known as corona virus. While many spectator-based events around the U.S. have been postponed, MCSCC based activities are a-bit different. As such, MCSCC leadership will not reschedule or cancel any events at this time.
However, MCSCC also recognizes that COVID-19 concerns are not the same across all our Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana). Therefore, we advise that those conducting MCSCC events in the coming days and weeks closely follow policies set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the direction or mandates of state, county and municipality officials.
The most common local mandate that could affect MCSCC events is a limitation on gathering size, although many of these may be specific to indoor activities.
While all members are welcome at within MCSCC, we ask that anyone who does not feel well or shows signs of fever please abstain from MCSCC events. Additionally, we advise members to analyze each individual situation and make their own decisions on whether or not to participate in any activity.
For those clubs that operate events, we advise that a proactive approach be taken, and additional measures be deployed to minimize the spread of any viruses.
Those measures include but are not limited to:
A) High-traffic worker positions (registration, waivers, etc.) should be issued nitrile gloves (preferred over latex due to allergies)
B) Equipment with high-contact rates (radios, headsets, clipboards, etc.) should be sanitized before and between uses when they are shared.
C) Events where loaner helmets are provided, balaclavas (head socks) and disinfectant spray should be offered.
D) Any driver’s meetings normally held indoors should be conducted outside wherever possible.
E) Minimize direct, physical contact between event attendees as much as possible. This includes, but is not limited to, event social functions.
F) Experts have repeatedly stated that the best defense is to practice good personal hygiene, with regular hand washing being highly effective at preventing the spread of viruses.
The safety of participants, staff and spectators at our events are always a high priority. MCSCC will continue to monitor the CDC and other official national recommendations and may adjust plans accordingly based on further updates and/or restrictions imposed.
Check back to MCSCC Facebook Page and MCSCC website for future updates.