Sudden Changes In Plans

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In light of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., some motorsports-related activities have been either canceled or postponed and some plans have been altered.

However, a decision on whether or not events at places such as New Hampshire International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway will take place this weekend most likely won’t be determined until at least Wednesday. The status of the Indy Racing Northern Lights Series event at Texas will be announced Wednesday, the sanctioning body announced.

The status of airline travel around the country (flights were canceled through at least noon on Wednesday) for this weekend was up in the air Tuesday. With events taking place on Friday, most team personnel have plans to head to their respective destinations on Thursday.

* - NASCAR offices located at 375 Park Ave. in Manhattan, N.Y., were not affected by the terrorist attack, but because they couldn’t leave, some employees were forced to stay there for quite some time.

Here are some of the activities and plans that have been altered due to Tuesday’s events:

* - The No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac team in the Winston Cup Series was on its way back to Charlotte via automobiles Tuesday afternoon after canceling the second day of a scheduled two-day test session in Kansas City.

Crew chief James Ince said there was no desire on his, driver Johnny Benson’s, or the team’s part to test after witnessing the attacks in New York and Washington. Ince also said emergency aircraft were not available in case of an accident at the race track.

“We felt it was best to come home,” said Ince. “There just wasn't any desire to run after what we watched on television today.”

* - Several other NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams and drivers, including the likes Joe Nemechek, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Jason Leffler, Dave Blaney and Todd Bodine, had tested at Kansas Speedway on Monday, but were huddled around the radio Tuesday morning listening to the accounts of the tragic events.

Kansas Speedway Public Relations Director Stann Tate described the mood in the garage area as “somber,” and said all teams decided to forego the final day of their test session and return home.

* - The No. 25 Team Rensi Chevrolet team in the Busch Series, with driver Randy Tolsma, also canceled plans to test at Kansas Speedway this week. The inaugural Busch and Winston Cup races will be held at the 1.5-mile ISC-owned facility on Sept. 29 and 30, respectively.

* - In addition to the motorsports activities mentioned above, all 15 Major League Baseball games Tuesday were postponed, and all 15 games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed, as well. There has been no word whether or not those games will be made up.

The PGA announced it would postpone the first round of its World Golf Championship in St. Louis on Thursday and will play 36 holes on Friday. Major League soccer has postponed all of its games scheduled for Wednesday.

The National Football League has said it would not make a decision on whether or not to postpone its games this weekend for the next “24 to 48 hours.” NCAA Division I Conference commissioners met via conference call Tuesday to decide what to do about its football games this weekend, but have postponed only Thursday's games and a few Saturday games thus far.

The National Hockey League closed its New York offices Tuesday and shifted all of its operations to its office in Toronto.

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