Due to several challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway announced on Wednesday that after the 63rd running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, they will stay in Daytona and run the Daytona Road Course the following weekend.

NASCAR was scheduled to travel to Homestead-Miami Speedway after the Daytona 500, but it was ultimately decided it would be safer to remain in Daytona an extra week and add the road course to the schedule. Adding the road course to the schedule means that one race will have to be removed, and Auto Club Speedway in California was the race that the road course will replace.

After the end of the second weekend in Daytona, NASCAR will then make the trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 27-28. The Cup Series and Xfinity Series will race in Homestead-Miami that weekend.

The Camping World Truck Series will run at the Daytona Road Course on Feb. 19, followed by the Xfinity Series on Feb. 20 and the Cup Series on Feb. 21.

In August, NASCAR’s Cup Series raced on the road course for the first time and 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott was the race winner. Xfinity Series Champion Austin Cindric and Truck Series Champion Sheldon Creed were also winners at the road course in August.

The course is a 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course that was made famous by the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona race.

“Daytona International Speedway is known for iconic moments, and last year’s historical first NASCAR road course races were incredibly exciting and added to the legacy of the World Center of Racing,” said Speedway President Chip Wile. “It was also great to see our trio of winners go on a hoist Championship trophies at Phoenix. We’re thrilled to have all three series back.”

All events at Daytona, beginning with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, will have limited fan capacity and be required to abide by health protocols.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV