Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon is the second driver in NASCAR to have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Dillon drivers the NASCAR Cup number three RCR car.
The diagnosis means that Austin Dillon will miss the first road course rase at Daytona International Speedway.
RCR has stated that Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Kaz Grala will drive the number three car for the Go Bowling 235 on August 16. This will be Grala’s debut in the NASCAR Cup Series but has driven the road course at Daytona twice as a part of a team in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Dillon reported the news himself and is currently in self-quarantine. Wife Whitney and newborn son Ace are healthy and currently symptom free.
Dillon must test negative twice, 24 hours apart and receive written clearance from a doctor before he will be allowed to return to NASCAR and racing.
After winning the race at Texas Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon is eligible for the playoffs. Once Dillon returns to racing, he can receive a waiver form NASCAR for not having participated in every race.
RCR issued a statement on the news saying, “RCR takes the safety of our employees, fellow competitors, fans, partners and outside vendors seriously. Based upon recommendations outlined by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NASCAR and our health partners at Wake-Forest Baptist Health, RCR has enacted procedures and safety protocols designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. These guidelines were developed in close consultation with a panel of medical experts with broad experience in infectious diseases, many of whom have been on the front line in treating COVID-19 patients across the country. We will continue to adhere to these guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of our employees and their families, and our business partners.”