The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced that the upcoming 1000 Miles of Sebring race will be cancelled following the announcement of a suspension of travel of non-US citizens from Europe by President Donald Trump.
Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States would be suspending travel of non-US citizens from Europe for 30 days to combat the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Following the decision, the WEC has decided to cancel the event following a review of the situation. The championship it would not be possible or appropriate to stage the race given the absence of 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,’ the championship wrote in a statement.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said Gerard Neveu, WEC CEO. “Our teams and officials place great value on racing at Sebring in front of its enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans.
While this cancelation has been forced upon us because of the travel restrictions from Europe to 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.”
IMSA’s 12 Hours of Sebring, which is also scheduled to take place on what was supposed to be a double header event, has since been postponed to November.