Antonio García tested positive for COVID-19 on Rolex 24 – Motorsports

Antonio García tested positive for COVID-19 at some point in Rolex 24 at Daytona and was separated from the winning Corvette racing team before the end of the endurance event.

General Motors did not announce that the Spaniards were positive until the race ended on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway.

“As part of the international COVID travel protocol, all drivers and team members traveling in the United States and abroad must take a COVID test before and after racing activities,” GM said in a statement. “Antonio García did a negative test in preparation for arriving at Rolex 24, but was notified that he did a positive test in preparation for leaving the country.”

GM said it pulled Garcia out of the race on Sunday morning. He had been driving for almost eight hours before GM knew he was positive on the test.

Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg have finished the race to win the GT Le Mans class. GM said Garcia was asymptomatic and the team was allowed by IMSA to finish the race with three and four drivers in a shared car.

“The series has determined that it meets all the requirements under the IMSA Event Protocol, which allows Corvette Racing to compete in a safe and responsible way,” said GM. “Notify the crew and others who have come into contact with Antonio and follow the CDC guidelines and test with members of the racing team after 72 hours.”

Although IMSA is owned by NASCAR, NASCAR did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the positive test during Garcia’s race.

Rolex 24 was the opening event for the North American motorsport season, with NASCAR and IMSA in Daytona with a limited audience. This was a test of the Daytona 500, which will open the NASCAR season on February 14th. The track will be open to 500 spectators and teams on February 9th.

NASCAR and IMSA have not conducted COVID-19 tests on participants, but are operating in some sort of bubble.

40-year-old Garcia has won three classes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is a longtime Corvette factory driver.

– Motorsports

Antonio García tested positive for COVID-19 on Rolex 24 Antonio García tested positive for COVID-19 on Rolex 24

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