Following today’s conclusion of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, we saw Corvette Racing drivers Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg celebrating the win of the No.3 Corvette C8.R and we wondered where Antonio Garcia was during the post-race activities. Soon after, an email from Corvette Racing attributed the absence to Antonio testing positive for COVID-19:
Here is the statement from a Chevrolet spokesperson:
“As part of international COVID travel protocols, all drivers and team members traveling in and out of the US are required to take a COVID test before and after any race activities. While Antonio Garcia tested negative in preparation for his arrival for the Rolex 24, we have received notice that he has now tested positive in preparation to depart the country. He was immediately pulled from competition upon notification of the positive test result and, although he wasn’t experiencing any symptoms, will no longer participate in any additional race activities at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Upon consulting with IMSA and its Event Operations Protocols, the series determined Corvette Racing met all conditions under the IMSA event protocols that allowed it to compete in a safe and responsible manner. We have notified crew members and others who had contact with Antonio and will conduct testing with racing team members after 72 hours, per CDC guidelines.”
Antonio participated in the driving duties for the Rolex 24 at Daytona through Hour 17 which easily satisfied the minimum driving times.
Traveling internationally these days is hard on the drivers who have to come into the USA early to clear the quarantine period. And now Antonio will probably have to spend another couple of weeks away from his family before traveling home to Spain following his recovery.
I am sure we’ll hear more about Antonio’s condition and we wish him a speedy return to health.
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