Round Six of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring International Raceway on March 17-20 is cancelled following President Trump’s Europe travel ban.
A speech was broadcasted by President Trump at approximately 9pm (EST) on March 11 ruling out a 30-day suspension of travel of non-US citizens from over 26 European countries to the USA.
The majority of drivers, team staff and officials were set to travel from Europe to the USA over the next few days.
Since it will now not be possible for them to travel following the suspension, it was deemed inappropriate to stage the race excluding these people.
According to a release by WEC, the decision to cancel was “communicated and accepted by John Doonan (President of IMSA) late in the evening of March 11”.
The release also stated that: “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,” following their assessment of the situation.
In a statement, Gerald Neveu (CEO of the 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 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.”
Due to the cancellation of this race, it is also said that the Sebring test scheduled for March 14-15 will not take place.
WEC’s statement ended stating: “With all race cars and equipment already located in the Sebring paddock, WEC will now focus on managing an orderly return to Europe.”
Despite WEC’s 1000 Miles of Sebring being cancelled, the other half of the SuperSebring weekend (Round 2 of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – IMSA’s 12 Hours of Sebring) will still take place on March 21 2020.