Series finale postponed

Due to the fires in southern California, the Champ Car World Series finale scheduled to run this weekend at the California Speedway has been postponed.

Series finale postponed

The state of emergency in California includes the San Bernardino County where the speedway is sited. The wild fires started due to arson and fueled by the dry conditions and Santa Ana winds, the hot flames have spread burning thousands of acres and more than one-thousand homes. The first fire, known as the 'Grand Prix Fire', threatened the speedway.

Bill Miller, president of California Speedway, says the rescheduled date will be announced later as they review potential alternative dates.

"We have been monitoring the fire situation since it began last week in the northern section of Fontana, approximately five miles from the speedway," Miller said. "As the fires have continued to spread, several issues were considered for us to arrive at this decision, including the proximity of the fire, the air quality, transportation issues and staffing requirements from a fire safety, medical, security and volunteer standpoint needed to stage an event. Based on the request of state and local officials, we are postponing this weekend's events.

"It is never easy to make a decision like this, but the bottom line is safety; the safety of the guests and the competitors. Public health and safety is paramount and the focus at these difficult times should be on family and helping your fellow neighbour. Citizens of Southern California have never experienced a fire of this magnitude and the devastation that it has placed upon our community. I'm committing the speedway to help in any way we can and will begin getting our staff organised to assist in relief efforts."

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