For more than a year, La Salle Speedway sat vacant. Wednesday there were races. La Salle Speedway’s president said Wednesday's event followed state guidelines and they did “everything we needed to do” to allow the race to take place.
For more than a year, La Salle Speedway sat vacant. Wednesday there were races. La Salle Speedway’s president said Wednesday's event followed state guidelines and they did “everything we needed to do” to allow the race to take place.

La Salle Speedway’s president says Wednesday's return event followed state guidelines and they did “everything we needed to do” to allow the race to take place.

Wednesday night was the first event held at La Salle Speedway in over a year. Shaw Media attended to get photos

“We stayed under our 20% seating capacity for what we hold here,” said the Speedway’s president, Tony Izzo, by limiting ticket sales. 

He said the state allows for outdoor spectator sports with no more than 20% of seating capacity and concessions are permitted with restrictions, which are on the Illinois Department of Commerce’s website

“We seat 6,000 people, and we had less than 1,000 people here,” Izzo said. 

He said the Speedway followed the restricted rules for the concession stands by bringing in certified, approved food vendors (the Speedway didn’t open any of its own concession stands). 

The Speedway recommended and encouraged face masks, but didn’t mandate them, he said. 

He said the facilities were sterilized and cleaned professionally before the event, and there was hand sanitizer throughout the stadium.

“I appreciate the support of the local community,” Izzo said. “La Salle has been great to me.”

The La Salle County Health Department said that La Salle Speedway does not operate under any county permits and is considered to be within city limits.

"We were aware that they were hosting the event and recommended they follow the state's health guidelines,” said Brent Bader, the City of La Salle’s Director of Public Relations and Community Development. 

The Health Department shared this comment: “Because we are aware of the large event that occurred at the La Salle Speedway last night, we will be referring them to the Illinois Department of Commerce to investigate if the guidelines were met in regards to capacity, masking and social distancing.”

“The La Salle County Health Department recommends that anyone who attended the event at the La Salle Speedway on Wednesday, July 29, monitor themselves for symptoms. We advise anyone who attended a large gathering to consider being tested for COVID-19 five to seven days after the event or immediately if they begin to develop symptoms.”

Izzo said he’s working on scheduling future races, but with limits of 20% capacity, he has to be careful how expensive the show is he brings in, as he doesn’t want to bring a show more expensive than the revenue 20% capacity would bring in.

“I did my due diligence with the governor's office," he said. 

“We followed everything we needed to do to have a race, and hopefully we can get this race track back up and running, and hopefully the country gets back up and running the way it once was.”

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