Hundreds drive on track at Monster Mile’s Race to End COVID event

Dover International Speedway’s role as a community champion against COVID-19 continued on Oct. 16-17 as hundreds of people received vaccinations and drove the Monster Mile as the track hosted a Race to End COVID event.

The event was sponsored by Dover International Speedway, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the CDC Foundation.

It was the second Race to End COVID event in which participants took their personal vehicles for a drive on a NASCAR track. The first was held at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on May 15.

All three types of COVID-19 vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – were offered for first or second doses, as well as the additional doses and boosters recommended for some groups.

Dover International Speedway has been a home for COVID-19-related community events since the pandemic first hit American shores in the winter of 2020. The Monster Mile has hosted monthly Delaware Food Bank distribution events since March 2020, with more than 1 million pounds of food distributed to more than 18,000 families in need.

Also, more than 73,000 Delawareans were vaccinated on Speedway property between late February and May 1, 2021, during weekend drive-through events which were staffed by personnel from the following agencies: DPH, the Delaware National Guard, the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.