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Below are some parts of Tom Kutscher’s open letter that we choose to share, as they were published, along with the calendar project:

“As we consider the future of SKUSA and how the remainder of 2020 looks, we, unfortunately, find ourselves in an environment where we can’t make any guarantees,” writes Kutscher.

“That said, we know the show must go on and we have been working tirelessly to plot out scenarios to salvage some kind of season. Let me save you the suspense… it will not be perfect. It’s not what we wanted. But, we’re simply playing the cards we’ve been dealt in this ordeal.”

“As some will have seen by the time this letter is published, the Utah event has been canceled. We tried incredibly hard to work with the UMC to conduct the SpringNationals, but we could not get any kind of certainty or guarantee the facility would be permitted to do so.”

“Local governors and authorities have the final say, and the guidelines for reopening events in Utah are a moving target as of this time. Asking SKUSA attendees to gamble on it being okay to race, only to have a repeat of NOLA, was not something we wanted to risk.”

“New Castle Motorsports Park is a facility we have had a long-standing partnership with. Being in a state with more relaxed guidelines, and NCMP being a privately-owned property immediately put us in the position to plan events we are confident we can pull off.”

“They are racing at the facility now and have held successful races the last couple of weeks in compliance with local safety guidelines. As many are aware, the costs of booking travel are tremendously favorable at the moment. We are hopeful the consolidated national series will help ease the costs of multiple flights, hotel stays, and other ancillary expenses.”

“First and foremost, safety will be our utmost concern. We will comply with all local and state guidelines for best practices and have increased security and healthcare workers on the premises. The goal will be to maintain social distancing protocols and aide in everything from hand washing to increased cleaning of common areas. It’s far from ideal in a sport that enjoys a community atmosphere, but if that’s what it takes to race — so be it.”

2020 Pro Tour “Summer of Speed Festival” calendar:

Weekend 1: August 06-09, 2020 – New Castle Motorsports Park

  • Official Practice: Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • Round 1: Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Round 2: Saturday, August 8, 2020
  • Round 3: Sunday, August 9, 2020

Weekend 2: August 13-16, 2020 – New Castle Motorsports Park (different configuration)

  • Official Practice: Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Round 1: Friday, August 14, 2020
  • Round 2: Saturday, August 15, 2020
  • Round 3: Sunday, August 16, 2020

Weekend 3: August 23, 2020 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indy 500

Kutscher also mentions the building of a “festival of sorts around the two weekends. Everything from local artisan food vendors, live bands, an endurance race with a big purse in the middle of the week, a fishing contest, ping pong tournament, and more. Our hope is to make the best of a challenging situation and really celebrate this opportunity to come together again as a sport.”

SKUSA Principal concludes on these words: “My only hope is that we can all use this experience as an opportunity to reconnect. My goal is to continue improving relations with many of you and being even more approachable and transparent in the process. I would like to challenge us all to use our energy to build each other up as we reemerge from isolation. It starts with each one of us, myself included. […] We are confident that when racing resumes, we will have an even better competition platform than ever before.”

Click here to read the full version of Tom Kutscher’s open letter.

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