. WOW, Don’t You KNOW A Lot!I could be wrong, but I thought his press release was rather telling. I think that Force guarantees a certain amount of fan interaction and feedback on his contracts. That's how he gets good, long term contracts for sponsorship. Since the schedule was shortened, and a day was eliminated from every remaining race, Force knows he can't fulfill his end of the contracts.
Force seems like an "old school" racer, similar to Prudhomme, Glidden and Warren Johnson. They wouldn't spend their own money to go racing. Think about it, for Kalitta, Schumacher and Torrence racing is a hobby, not their job. For Force, his main source of income is his racing company. Why would any good businessman spend his money to go to work with no chance of earning it back? Without racing, he is still spending his own money to keep his teams employed and working toward next year. Think about this, Tony Schumacher sat out all of last year because he didn't have a sponsor. Why would Force spend the money he's earned over his lifetime to go racing this year?
As to whether or not Force will race again, who knows? However, John will still be at the track for every race with the teams he has. He might hire a new driver for his car, but he will still be the one giving the interviews.
I do think that part of this decision is because of the virus. John is 71 years old and he's overweight. That puts him in a high risk group. I would be a bit surprised if he wasn't a bit worried about going out and contracting the virus. I don't think he would regret dying in a funny car crash/explosion. However, I'm pretty sure he would regret dying in a hospital bed, hooked up to a ventilator.