Richmond Times-Dispatch

Limited crowd set for Daytona 500


The Daytona 500 will run with limited fan in attendance, Daytona Internatio­nal Speedway said Wednesday. The race to open the 2021 NASCAR season is scheduled for Feb. 14.

All other Daytona Speedweeks events — including the Busch Clash, Daytona 500 qualifying races and the lower-level series races that precede the Daytona 500 (Feb. 9-14) — will run with limited fan capacity as well due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

♦ Mick Schumacher will make his debut in Formula 1 next season for the Haas team. Haas said it had signed the 21-year-old son of F1 great Michael Schumacher, bringing the famous name back to the grid for the first time since the seven-time champion retired at the end of the 2012 season. Mick Schumacher will be stepping up from Formula 2, where he leads the standings with one round to go. Schumacher will be partnered at Haas by Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.

♦ Jack Aitken will drive for Formula 1 team Williams alongside Nicholas Latifi in this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix. Aitken, 25, will take the place of regular driver George Russell. The team released Russell to drive for Mercedes in Bahrain because Lewis Hamilton is unable to race after testing positive for COVID-19.

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