Noem Doesn’t Like But Won’t Stop Auto Racing In North Sioux City


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The owners of a dirt racetrack in North Sioux City, SD, plan to hold car races Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic, but they are advising people who may be susceptible to COVID-19 to stay home.

Park Jefferson International Speedway tweeted that all 700 tickets to the open-wheel racing event are sold out, but the track plans to limit spectators as well as limiting entries with no more than 10 people allowed in a team’s pit area.

Gov. Kristi Noem says it’s a bad idea and she doesn’t want people to go, but also said Tuesday that she won’t do anything to stop fans or the races.

. The first-term Republican has exercised a light hand on businesses during the pandemic, often using her daily briefings to highlight the economic woes felt across the state.