Pacific Raceways has developed a Health Protection Plan to ensure that its racers, track partners and fans remain safe as restrictions for gatherings ease and the track resumes operation as part of its Re-Engagement to Racing Plan. This plan is dynamic and likely to change during the course of the Raceway’s engagement plan.
Raceway officials understand the seriousness of COVID-19 and the profound effect it has on individuals and families in Washington state. So to, officials understand that without proper protocols in place, the spread of the disease is easily transmissible from affected persons. Therefore, it is the Raceway’s responsibility that strict guidelines are developed, followed and enforced to allow for the re-opening of the track first for participant-only events and later for spectator events.
The Health Protection Plan includes policies regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), on-site social distancing, no-contact registration, monitoring signs for symptoms and illness, recommended hygiene and sanitization, employee training, incident reporting and decontamination procedures.
A copy of this plan is provided to each employee and is available for all raceway customers and constituents to download from the Raceway’s website at www.pacificraceways.com.
Jennifer Wirkman is Pacific Raceways COVID-19 coordinator. In addition to serving as the Raceway’s national event coordinator, Jennifer has a background as a Licensed Nurse and Wilderness First Responder. It is the responsibility of the Coordinator to plan, act as a training liaison, serve as a resource for employees and other constituents, report on compliance and to make recommendations to management on operational aspects and resources. In addition, the Coordinator is the lead person in the company to communicate with local, state and regional agencies and authorities. The Coordinator has the authority to appoint other Raceway officials to be at events they are unable to attend. These appointed officials, under the direction of the Coordinator, have the authority to make changes to events based on compliance with the Health Protection Plan.
COVID-19 Coordinator Drag Strip Manager
Jennifer Wirkman, LPN, WFR Ed Garfield
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General Manager Administrative Assistant / Ticketing
John Ramsey Kim Webster
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COVID-19 Safety Training
Employee safety training must be conducted prior to each event to explain protective measures and steps outlined in the Health Protection Plan. Likewise, safety training must be discussed with track partners prior to their event day. Copies of the Health Protection Plan will be made available to all event staff and to track partners. A list of training attendees will be kept on file.
Employee and Event Staff Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
All Raceway personnel are required to wear PPE, including but not limited to masks and gloves during events. The only exception is for personnel who work in isolated, non-public areas. In addition, all track partners and event organizers are required to wear masks and gloves when in areas that interact with participants and the public.
All Raceway personnel including employees, event partners and race organizers are required to undergo a health screening check each day prior to the event beginning. Persons exhibiting symptoms of fever, coughing, or shortness of breath will be sent home. Health check paperwork are to be signed by the employee and by the COVID-19 Coordinator or designee and will be kept confidentially on file. If employees, event partners and race organizers have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they must stay home until free of symptoms for a least 72 hours without the use of medicine. Employees, event partners or race organizers who have been exposed to someone COVID-19 positive, or themselves have tested positive, must remain home for two weeks minimum, or until symptom free. After that time, they may return only when asymptomatic and with doctor’s permission.
Participants, crew and family at the direction of the Raceway or the event organizer or sanctioning body may be required to undergo a health screening check prior to entering the facility. This screening may involve a temperature check and a symptom and exposure questionnaire. Screening results will remain confidential. Participants, crew or family members who exhibit signs of acute respiratory illness and/or have a fever will be sent home. Participant, crew and family who have been exposed to someone COVID-19 positive or themselves have been tested positive must remain home for two weeks minimum, or until symptom free.
All Pacific Raceways events and track partner events must utilize pre-event electronic registration of participants and pre-event payment of track fees. This includes an electronic receipt of pre-payments. Electronic waivers are being developed with the assistance of the Raceway’s insurance underwriter. There will be no collection of track fees at the gate. Furthermore, track partners are discouraged from staffing registration tables for waivers, registration forms and car numbers unless all social distancing protocols are met.
A minimum of one parking space, or approximately 10 feet, is required between race cars, trucks, trailers and haulers. Events may be limited in size due to parking restrictions.
All participants are required to maintain a minimum separation of six feet at all times. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in a participant being asked to leave, with no refund of participant entry fees; or if violation is of a larger scale, the cancelation of the event with no refund of participant entry fees. Events may be limited in size due to social distancing requirements.
Participant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
All participants are required to wear PPE, including masks at all times. This includes any crew members or family that are in attendance. It is the responsibility of all participants to bring their own masks and other PPE that may be required.
Grandstand and Viewing Areas
Until further notice, all grandstands and viewing areas are closed. As participant-only events, drivers and their crew and family members are asked to stay in their pit area until their classification is called to the staging lanes or to pre-grid. Track partners, race organizers and participants will be notified when grandstands or other viewing areas open. At that time, social distancing protocols will be in place to ensure that appropriate social distance in the stands is observed.
A minimum of one car length must be observed for car and driver going through tech inspection. Drivers going through tech inspection must wear masks and will be asked to step a minimum of six feet away from the car while it is inspected. If crew members are needed at tech inspection, they must observe the same requirements as the driver.
Staging and Pre-Grid
Drivers are to remain in their cars at all times while in the staging lanes (drags) or pre-grid (road course). Any crew members in these areas are to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. For drag racing, alternate staging lanes will be used and drivers must observe a minimum of one car length separation. Likewise, pre-grid must observe a minimum of one car length separation.
Starting Line (Drag Racing)
A maximum of two crew members are allowed at the starting line for each car. Crew must wear masks at all times and may stay at the starting line only for their car to complete its pass. All red box and barrier wall areas are off-limits to viewing. Similarly, no golf carts are to be parked in front of Grandstand E for viewing.
Tower (Drag Racing) and Racer Services (Road Racing)
The control tower including all suites and racer control are for authorized personnel only. They are closed to racer, crew or sponsors. In the event prize checks are to be awarded, racers will be provided a an electronic W-2 to fill out prior to the event and prize checks will be mailed after the event. For Road Racing, any type of Racer Service location will be limited to one attendant with no que available for racers; with both the attendant and the racer wearing a mask at all times.
Event Ingress and Egress
Depending on the event, access to the facility and time spent at the facility at the conclusion of the event will be limited. Participants are encouraged to leave as quickly as possible at the end of the event. In some cases, when multiple events may be scheduled, participants are asked to leave as quickly as possible after their last run or lap. This will help facilitate a smooth transition for the next event.
Sanitation and Cleanliness
During all events, Pacific Raceways staff will ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in place to permanent restrooms and common areas, before, during and after. Track partners and race organizers will be required to do the same with their areas. In most cases, portable restrooms intended for the public will be off-limits and locked until further notice. Each permanent restroom has sinks, soap and paper towels. Every effort will be made to ensure there is no interruption to this service.
After the event, any employee, track partner, event organizer, participant or crew who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to contact the Raceway’s COVID-19 Coordinator so contact tracing and notification can be done. Individuals who contact the Coordinator shall remain confidential.
Any complaints or issues regarding anyone, activity, or lack of protocol at the event shall be brought to the attention of the COVID-19 Coordinator or designee as soon as possible. Track officials reserve the right to revoke facility privileges or cancel the event if protocols are not being followed.