Dear Drag Racing Fans,

This year, a traditional Hockenheimring highlight, that is popular with fans and participants alike, will be cancelled for the first time in 34 years: the NitrOlympX (28 – 30 August) have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis. As the organiser of this event, we, the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH, have been trying for a long time to find an alternative autumn date, but in light of the decision made at last week’s State Conference to extend the ban on major events until at least 31st October, we must now announce the cancellation of the drag racing event for 2020.

Whilst current regulations for Baden-Wuerttemberg with the exact details of bans on large events and the much-cited exceptions are not yet available, there is no doubt that cuts in size and quality to the NitrOlympX would be significant. Our experience over the last few weeks has shown that short-term changes to the coronavirus situation and the corresponding official requirements make concrete or even timely planning impossible for us as organisers, as well as for all teams and participants, some of whom are also affected by strict travel regulations.

From an economic point of view, audience restrictions or a complete lack of audience would mean lost revenues, which are urgently needed to make events successful and run smoothly. The high costs involved make both the Bosch Hockenheim Historic and the NitrOlympX economically unsustainable this season. This fact is all the more important in 2020, a year of crisis, that will present Hockenheim-Ring GmbH with major financial challenges.

The NitrOlympX are known for their open paddock, their unique atmosphere and the opportunity for fans to get up close to the action. Protective measures and restrictions mean the event would lose much of its special characteristics and charm. This is a situation that the teams, participants and we as organisers would not be able to adequately compensate for, which would disappoint all participants and visitors. We feel obliged to our fans and partners to acknowledge this.

New date for 2021

We do have some good news. A new date for next season has already been found:

NitrOlympX: 20 – 22 August 2021*


Information for all ticket holders

We can offer you the following options regarding your purchased tickets:

Rebooking to NitrOlympX 2021
The present tickets remain valid. The booked seats remain valid.

Voucher for the ticket value + fees
(Federal law of 15 May 2020; Link:
The voucher is valid until 31.12.2021 and can be redeemed for motorsport events at the Hockenheimring. If you have not redeemed the voucher by 31.12.2021, you can request payment of the amount.

If you decide to rebook to NitrOlympX 2021, all you have to do is keep your tickets safe. If you decide to use the voucher, please inform us by e-mail:

In case you have any questions, Customer Service can be reached Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm on our Hotline: +49(0)6205 950 222.

We very much regret having to cancel the event and hope you can understand our decision. Let’s hope that next year we can once again enjoy top-class motorsport together at the NitrOlympX. See you at the quartermile!


*subject to confirmation by the FIA World Motorsport Council