Just four days after postponing this past weekend’s NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL, the drag racing sanctioning body will be suspending all NHRA racing for 30 days, including all NHRA-sanctioned events and racing at all NHRA-owned dragstrips.

The move is part of a global effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including from other sports organizations.

NHRA plans to resume the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on April 17-19 in Houston, TX, and continue thereafter, but noted that NHRA officials will continue to monitor the pandemic closely, listen to experts, and be transparent about any changes moving forward.

“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world, the country, and our NHRA family. We believe this is the right decision since social distancing and reducing gatherings of people has been recommended as one of the most effective ways to protect everyone in the long run,” NHRA officials said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated, uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.”

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