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NHRA fans, it’s time to gear up for the 2021 season!

NHRA race fans, it’s time to strap in and buckle up for the return of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing. The roar of 11,000-horsepower drag racing engines is back, and so is your invitation to take in the spectacle of NHRA Drag Racing. We’ll continue following appropriate protocols for COVID and we’re excited to welcome back our fans.
28 Jan 2021
Posted by NHRA.com staff
2021 Race Updates
NHRA 70th Anniversary

A note from NHRA’s Medical Director . . .

In consideration of recent Los Angeles area COVID-19 statistics, as well as the importance of fan, participant, and employee safety, the NHRA continues to strive to provide the proper guidance for all parties involved in this weekend’s race in Pomona.

We have been monitoring all recommendations from local and national authorities to ensure that decisions are based on the most current information available.

We ask everyone to review and abide by the mandate from LA County regarding COVID-19 protocols.

In summary, these include:

  • mandatory mask usage while indoors, regardless of vaccination status
  • all persons age 2 and older should wear a mask at all areas outdoors where people are congregating together such as concession lines and restrooms, regardless of vaccination status

More information is available on the Los Angeles County Health Department website, for example, http://ph.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/preventionpublicsettings/ You can also sign up for CA Notify, https://canotify.ca.gov/#section2 to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 

On behalf of my colleagues at the NHRA, I wish to thank you for your cooperation and understanding in allowing us to provide a safe and enjoyable race for our fans.

Dr. Phillip Surface

Medical Director

National Hot Rod Association

Below is an overview of Spectator Guidelines at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, July 30-August 1, 2021.*


  • By entering, you confirm that you are well; that you are not experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms; that you have not been recently exposed to the virus; and that you are not supposed to be quarantining.
  • Masks are not required outdoors unless you are in a crowded or enclosed place (concession stands, restroom lines), but they are strongly recommended, even outdoors, for people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Masks are required indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status, pursuant to Los Angeles County Department of Health rules, unless you are actively eating or drinking. 
  • If you are eating or drinking indoors, you must be seated or standing at a stationary table or counter.
  • Everyone should continue to use caution and good judgment because community transmission of COVID-19 is rapidly increased from low to substantial transmission in Los Angeles County in a short period of time
  • Social distancing is encouraged
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, please do not come to, or stay at, the event

Overall Hygiene Strategies

  • Masks/cloth face coverings recommended outdoors if you have not been fully vaccinated and are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Hand washing encouraged
  • Hand sanitizing encouraged
  • Ample supplies of soap and water, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be available and used on site
  • Additional cleaning will be done before, during, and after the event


Interaction between our fans and racers has always been one of the best and most unique aspects of NHRA Drag Racing. The pits at NHRA national events will be open to all fans, but in order to allow this, fans and racers must practice caution including but not limited to:

  • Limiting face-to-face contact and staying as contactless as possible
  • Maintaining social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet is recommended
  • No handshakes, fist bumps, hugs or other touching
  • Racers using pre-signed hero cards
  • Having hand sanitizer and wipes available

An unavoidable risk of exposure to and contracting COVID-19 exists anywhere people are or have been present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness, disability, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Although the NHRA has instituted reasonable practices in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, NHRA cannot guarantee that you will not succumb to the virus. By attending our event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19.

More info from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

  • Because there are no capacity limits or distancing requirements, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people are more likely to get infected and spread the virus, which is transmitted through the air and concentrates in indoor settings, according to the LA County Department of Public Health.  LACDPH also says they have seen surges in other parts of the country and the world, increasingly impacting younger adults.  
  • In indoor settings where there is close contact with other people who may not be fully vaccinated, or in a crowded outdoor setting, and especially if you are not fully vaccinated yourself, you should consider wearing a higher level of protection, such as wearing two masks (“double masking”) or wearing a KN95 or N95 type mask. 
  • At this time, people at risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 – such as unvaccinated older adults and unvaccinated individuals with health risks – and members of their household, should defer participating in activities with other people outside their household where taking protective measures, including wearing face masks and social distancing , may not occur or will be difficult, especially indoors or in crowded spaces.  For those who are not yet fully vaccinated, staying home or choosing outdoor activities as much as possible with physical distancing from other households whose vaccination status is unknown is the best way to prevent the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

* Protocols subject to change


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