Two NASCAR team members have tested positive
NASCAR has been back in action since mid-May. This weekend, the sport unloads at Talladega Superspeedway.
Ahead of the race weekend, Stewart-Haas Racing has released the first public statement of team members testing positive for COVID-19.
Stewart-Haas Racing statement
The statement reads:
“Stewart-Haas Racing has experienced two positive COVID-19 test results, neither of which involved personnel who travel to race events.”
“Robust protocols have been in place and continue to be followed diligently to mitigate the spread of the virus while maintaining the health and safety of all members of the organization and greater community.”
Per NASCAR recommendations, the road crew and the shop crew aren’t in contact with each other. The shop crew stays at the shop while the crew that travels to the race track, mostly skips a return to the race shop.
These are guidelines put in place by NASCAR since before the sport returned. It prevents a situation where one infects the other.
NASCAR has weekly health screenings at the track. Masks are also required, at all times, while at the track.
A logbook is also required at race events. NASCAR members are required to write down the names of every person they come in contact with throughout a race weekend. This allows for contract tracing.
Teams have their own protocols at the shops.
SHR is based in Kannapolis, NC. North Carolina is one of many states on the rise regarding cases with about 1,500 new cases per day.
Cabarrus County has 805 cases of the virus.
The team fields four cars in the NASCAR Cup Series. They are driven by Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Cole Custer and Aric Almirola.