Austin Dillon is set to miss the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona Road Course as he tested positive for COVID-19. He is the fourth NASCAR driver to test positive for the virus.
He self-reported that he had the virus, according to Richard Childress Racing. He will now undergo self-quarantine. His wife Whitney and son Ace remain healthy and symptom-free, according to RCR. Their team statement read:
“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.”
Austin has already qualified for the playoffs, courtesy to his win at Texas Motor Speedway on July 19. He will be replaced by Kaz Grala, who will be making his Cup Series debut at Daytona.