Icelandic volcano affects motor sports

No one would expect a volcano eruption to disrupt or cause travel plans to change but indeed Eyjafjallaj?kull in Iceland did just by that leaving some Formula One teams short-staffed for yesterday's race in China. Now they are trying to get back...

No one would expect a volcano eruption to disrupt or cause travel plans to change but indeed Eyjafjallaj?kull in Iceland did just by that leaving some Formula One teams short-staffed for yesterday's race in China. Now they are trying to get back home to Europe with their staff and equipment.

While several of the European drivers and team reps were able to make it to Long Beach, Calif. for the American Le Mans Series and IndyCar events, getting back home has proved to be difficult.

As of early this morning, the estimation of flights grounded has climbed to 63,000 covering 20 countries with ten still shut down for any air travel, including England where many Formula One teams are based.

Early reports that a second volcano in Iceland had blown has proven to be false. According the the Icelandic officials, Helka did not have an eruption. The same cloud of ash mixed with stones and other particles remains in the skies.

It is the ash and particles that caused flights to be cancelled and the shut down of air travel because if they get into the engines it will cause them to shut down. Does one need to explain further the danger?

At least two series for this upcoming weekend will be impacted. MotoGP has already announced that their event in Motegi, Japan will be postponed to October 3rd. While the Grand-Am Rolex Series is running in the USA in Virginia, several of their racers are based in Europe and might be stranded in their homelands.

Several series are running this weekend in Europe, including the DTM German series, the British touring cars and the World Superbikes, but they are expected to still run since the drivers and teams can travel by boat, rail or roadways.

While travel has left millions stranded, the main concern is for those who live in Iceland.

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Series ALMS , Formula 1 , Grand-Am , IndyCar , MotoGP