We hate to cross another race off our calendar this year, but we must announce our June 13-14 race at New Jersey Motorsports Park has been COVID’d. If you were registered for the Real Hoopties of New Jersey, your team captain should have an email from us about your options. Basically, you can roll your fees to a new race (and get sent these cools patches & stickers), get a refund, or do nothing (which will enroll you in the next race at NJMP in 2021).
We had hoped for good news from New Jersey’s governor today, but that good news just didn’t materialize. And, while horse racing minus spectator will resume soon, the New Jersey Motorsports Coalition is still in ongoing talks with the governor’s office to determine a plan for motorsports. That may move forward next week, which is good news for New Jersey racers, as is the fact tthe Coalition is optimistic that an agreement will eventually be reached.
The bad news is that the time frame for that agreement extends past the point where holding the June Lemons race would be feasible.
We really appreciate your patience and input (especially from the one captain that suggested that all Lemons drivers dress like horse jockeys to sneak past government scrutiny). And, we hope that other Northeast races will be permitted to happen once those dates roll around–team registration is still open for Thompson and NHMS, and we hope you guys will join us there.
We are moving forward with plans to resume our regular 2020 schedule with races at Gingerman, The Ridge, and Thompson. Those rely, of course, on timely and positive answers from local government, COVID data, and you guys. But rest assured, we want to be back at the racetrack as soon as we can.
We should point out that we do have a COVID information page with updates on our procedures and ideas for restarting Lemons racing. That’s the best place to start. We did post some updates a few weeks ago and did expand on some of our initial COVID regulations for the racetrack. Here are the basic ideas:
Best regards and—dammit, we hate to admit it—we miss you fools.
Jay Lamm & Lemons HQ