Charlotte Motor Speedway announced Tuesday that Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 will be stopped briefly during the midpoint of the event for a moment of remembrance.
Last year’s race featured a brief stoppage for a moment of remembrance.
Charlotte Motor Speedway stated in a news release that near the race’s midpoint NASCAR will instruct all drivers to go down pit road for a moment of remembrance in honor of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives.
Track officials did this for the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 when it was run on Memorial Day because of rain the previous day. The National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. ET on Memorial Day and people are asked to pause for a minute at that time. When this was done in the 2009 race, the field was stopped on the frontstretch and pit crews came out on to pit road.
Charlotte Motor Speedway also announced other ways troops will be saluted during Sunday’s race, which will feature no fans:
“While the pandemic has forced us to change a lot about what makes Memorial Day Weekend so special, one thing it cannot change is our resolve to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms as well as those who continue the fight today,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, in a statement. “This year, our celebration here at America’s Home for Racing will be both virtual and at-track, and all shared with race fans through the Fox broadcast and on social media.”