UPDATE: The FIA WEC race in Sebring has been cancelled.
The statement from the FIA WEC, released overnight, reads:
Following the announcement made by President Trump at 9.00 pm (EST) on 11th March of a wide suspension of travel by non-US citizens from Europe to the USA, the leadership of the WEC has reviewed the viability of staging the Sebring 1000 Miles race planned to be held at Sebring on 20th March. After a careful review of the situation, it has been determined that the WEC race will be cancelled.
Given the large number of drivers, team staff and officials who are still in Europe and who were scheduled to travel to the USA in the coming days, it would not be possible or appropriate to stage the race in their absence.
The decision to cancel was communicated and accepted by John Doonan, President of IMSA late in the evening of 11th March.
Gerard Neveu CEO of WEC said: “This decision was not made lightly. Our teams and officials place great value on racing at Sebring in front of its enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans. While this cancellation has been forced upon us because of the travel restrictions from Europe to the USA, WEC remains committed at all times to the health and welfare of its teams, officials and race fans. Further, the quality of every aspect of a WEC race event is at the heart of everything that we do and will never be compromised.”
In addition to the cancellation of the race, WEC’s Sebring test scheduled for 14th and 15th March will now not take place.
With all racecars and equipment already located in the Sebring paddock, WEC will now focus on managing an orderly return to Europe.
RACER.com’s Marshall Pruett has reported that the FIA WEC’s race in Sebring next week is set to be cancelled due to the newly imposed (COVID-19 related) travel ban that will prevent people from Europe travelling to the USA.
There is no further news on the status of the IMSA race at Sebring next weekend, though IMSA did release a statement prior to the travel ban being announced stating that the event still is set to go ahead as planned.
You can read Pruett’s full story, which will be updated as news breaks, HERE >>>