Several sprint car teams are sitting out this weekend with drivers and crew members testing positive for COVID
Last week, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visited the half-mile track of Knoxville Raceway. The track is located in Knoxville, Iowa.
The multiple day show was a new event titled the ‘One and Only’. It was marketed as a replacement for the famed Knoxville Nationals which are postponed for 2020.
The multiple-day show saw it’s finale on Saturday night. Kyle Larson drove to victory lane claiming the $50,000 check.
World of Outlaws drivers test positive for COVID-19
The World of Outlaws advised their teams to get tested after the event.
After the event, two drivers announced they tested positive for the virus. World of Outlaws regular Daryn Pittman and ASCoC regular Paul McMahan both tested positive after the event.
Pittman also stated that a couple members of his race team tested positive. McMahan added that his wife had also tested positive.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is heading to this weekend. For Friday, the series lands at River Cities Speedway and Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway.
Pittman and McMahan will be absent from events.
World of Outlaws crew members and track official tests positive for COVID-19; Team sits out the weekend
Today, Kraig Kinser Racing announced on Thursday that they would be sitting out this weekend’s event as multiple team members tested positive after Knoxville.
Furthermore, a Knoxville track official tested positive after the sprint car event.
Series officials have reacted by removing fan access from the pit area until further notice.
This is not the first time the series has visited Knoxville in 2020. The track has been operating with limited crowds for several months. Fans were reminded over the PA system to sit in every other row, leaving a row open between active seats.
Daryn Pittman comments
Pittman issued the following statement on Thursday:
“I just want to let everyone know I recently tested positive for COVID,” Pittman opened in a statement.
“My symptoms started with a fever and body aches. If you were in contact with me at Knoxville, please monitor yourself as I have no idea when or where I contracted it.”
“As of right now, Mandy and the girls are symptom free and I feel much better at this time!”
He added, “Unfortunately, a couple members of our race team tested positive as well.” The Roth Motorsports team will be taking this weekend off and are hopeful to return next weekend!”
Paul McMahan comments
McMahan issued the following statement on Thursday:
“On Monday after returning home from Knoxville, Jan (wife) began to feel ill,” McMahan opened in the statement.
“On Tuesday morning, she woke up with a fairly high fever and a lot of the symptoms of COVID-19 so to be cautions we both went to be tested. We have been home in self isolation since.”
“We received a call this morning that we didn’t want, telling us that we are positive for COVID. So, with that being said, I will not be racing this weekend. Buch Motorsports will be putting someone else in the car to maintain our position in the point standings.”
McMahan added, “I personally am asymptomatic and feel great. Jan is feeling a little better each day.”
Kraig Kinser Racing comments
Kraig Kinser Racing issued the following statement on Thursday:
Kraig Kinser Racing stated via twitter, “Members of the Kinser Racing team have tested positive to COVID-19. Therefore, the team will be sitting out this weekend. If you have been in contact with any of our team and are showing symptoms, please get tested and monitor your health. We hope everyone is ok.”