As global pandemics go, COVID-19 has been a history-making pain in the butt for motorsports sanctioning bodies: Every major racing organization has suffered from schedule changes and cancellations, including the group that presents the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
So, the March 8 decision by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to postpone the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 13-14, until Sept. 19-20 was a wise call. The decision came far earlier than expected, and it was one that helped to shape the schedule revisions for the U.S.-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. IMSA in January managed to run its season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, but every other race on the 2020 IMSA scheduled was affected.
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