By Mike Kertscher
Road America President/GM
As we make our way through what can only be described as uncharted territory, I want to send a note of gratitude to our dedicated racing fans.
We at Road America appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the circumstances facing the world considering the global COVID-19 pandemic.
To those who are in this continuous battle on the front lines, including doctors, nurses, first responders, grocers, farmers, pharmacists, parcel carriers and truck drivers, we salute you.
To the families and friends who have lost loved ones, we send along our deepest prayers and sympathy.
We are in this complicated, uncertain and rapidly evolving situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other and be safe.
Many have asked about our season schedule, and as of (last week), our timetable for our next major decision point is not until the end of April.
We have already postponed our Spring Vintage Festival Featuring SVRA on May 15-17, along with other events and schools through the first week of next month, and we are continually preparing and in planning mode – which includes a variety of “what-if” scenarios.
The best thing we can do right now is keep a watchful eye and make the best decisions as factual information comes in, to ensure the health and safety of everyone who passes through the gates.
Make no mistake, we are looking forward to coming together to share Road America this season.
Our dedicated staff has already finished the serious work to prepare the grounds and the racetrack.
We are diving in to raise funds for Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County and Road America will donate 20% of Paddock Shop retail proceeds generated through April 30.
We are also still planning to begin our 65th Anniversary season beginning with the MotoAmerica Superbike Weekend Featuring Vintage MotoFest, May 29-31 and we want to reminds fans that anyone may still make online merchandise purchases and have items shipped or event ticket purchases online and print their tickets at home.
On behalf of all of us at Road America, please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and we look forward to sharing the track together again soon.
RA board member dies
George Bovis, a long-standing Road America Board Member, died on April 12th.
“Everyone is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of George. He was family to us, and a member of a kinship amongst SCCA members throughout the midwest,” Kertscher said. “To say he played an integral role in our success – beginning as a volunteer with the Chicago Region SCCA to his position on the Board of Directors – would be an understatement. He was a passionate and valued leader, and more importantly, he possessed a graciousness and character that everyone enjoyed being around. His presence will be missed but never forgotten at Road America.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Road America and our extended family of partners and friends are with the Bovis family in this difficult time.”