The Southern California Timing Association, the event's organizing body, made the announcement on its website. The group's president and chairman went out to the salt flats on July 20, and the best that they could find was 2.25 miles that were safe enough to race on. According to the statement, "The rest of the salt flats are either wet or wet and muddy." The group usually tries to find at least seven miles of suitable salt but would have reportedly even settled for four miles this year. Speed Week was scheduled to begin Aug. 8.
The SCTA does leave the event open to coming back, though. If enough salt gets dry, it could reschedule the running. The organizers made the same promise last year, but Mother Nature never cooperated after heavy rains cancelled Speed Week.
The SCTA President/Race Director Bill Lattin & the BNI Chairman Roy Creel spent this morning (July 20th) on the salt. The most they could find was 2 1/4 miles of salt suitable for a safe race course. The rest of the salt flats are either wet or wet and muddy. If the wet salt gets dry, future events could be possible.
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