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Auto racing notebook: Dillon sidelined by positive COVID-19 test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR driver Austin Dillon tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course.

Richard Childress Racing said Dillon tested positive Saturday morning. He experienced mild symptoms and sought a test on his own. He is now self-quarantining from the team. His wife and newborn son remain healthy and symptom-free, the team added.

Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet on Sunday.

Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. Johnson missed just one race.

Dillon has already qualified for the playoffs by winning at Texas last month.

According to NASCAR’s latest COVID-19 protocols, Dillon may return to racing activities after he receives two negative test results taken at least 24 hours apart. He also may return 10 days after his first

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NASCAR Cup driver Dillon tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Daytona race – NASCAR

Austin Dillon has become the fourth NASCAR Cup driver to have tested positive for COVID-19 and will how miss the race on the Daytona Road Course this weekend.

The Richard Childress Racing team announced on Saturday morning that Dillon had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and, according to NASCAR protocols, would enter a period of self-quarantine.

Kaz Grala, who races for RCR in the lower NASCAR Xfinity Series on a part-time basis, will compete in the Sunday Cup Series race at Daytona in Dillon’s place.

In order to return to competition, Dillon will now need to receive two negative test results at least 24 hours apart and medical clearance from his doctor.

Dillon joins seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Cup part-time racer Brendan Gaughan and Truck series pilot Spencer Davis as drivers to have tested positive for COVID-19 this season.

Johnson and Davis both missed races as a result.

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Perez may have caught COVID-19 from private chef – F1

Sergio Perez may have caught COVID-19 from a private chef he hired upon returning to Europe after his trip to Mexico, according to Formula 1 team boss Otmar Szafnauer.

Perez became the first F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, ruling him out of the race weekend.

The Mexican driver was forced to quarantine in line with the UK’s official guidelines and after remaining COVID-19 positive it meant he also missed the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix one week later.

Perez returned to the track in Barcelona on Friday during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix after returning negative test results earlier this week.

Questions were asked about Perez’s decision to travel to Mexico to visit his mother in hospital between the races in Hungary and Great Britain, and whether he may have contracted COVID-19 while on this trip.

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WEC team members self-isolating after driver’s inconclusive COVID-19 test – WEC

A driver testing positive for the COVID-19 virus ahead of this weekend’s World Endurance Championship event at Spa could have implications for two teams taking part in the race.

Frenchman Gabriel Aubry, who races for the Jota-run Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 squad, has received a suspected COVID-19 diagnosis.

His participation in the Spa 6 Hours on Saturday now rests on a second test undertaken yesterday proving negative.

The Anglo-Portuguese Algarve Pro LMP2 team is also affected because Aubry raced for it in last weekend’s European Le Mans Series round at the Belgian venue, finishing ninth with Simon Trummer and John Falb.

Members of the team who were in close contact with Aubry last weekend are currently in self-isolation and awaiting results of COVID-19 tests.

It is unclear what the implication of multiple test failures of Algarve crew would be for the team’s participation in the race with an ORECA-Gibson

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Seidl: F1 Spanish GP planning similar to Hungary amid COVID-19 concerns – F1

Andreas Seidl says Formula 1 teams will treat the logistical challenge of the Spanish Grand Prix in a similar way to Hungary amid growing concerns about COVID-19 in Catalonia.

F1 will travel to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for this weekend’s grand prix while Spain grapples with a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Restrictions were reintroduced in Barcelona late last month in a bid to curb a rise in cases, while many countries including the UK have enforced new quarantine guidelines for those travelling back from Spain.

Most of the F1 paddock personnel travelled to Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of the race weekend, with adjustments being made to some plans as a result of the restrictions in place.

McLaren F1 boss Seidl said that procedures for the Spanish Grand Prix weekend would be similar to those seen in Hungary last month, when most teams did not leave their accommodation except to travel

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New KCI terminal planners looking into possible COVID-19 design changes

Construction is full steam ahead at Kansas City International Airport, as crews put up more than 2,200 steel beams that form a rough outline of the terminal.”The terminal is coming along on time and on budget,” said Kansas City Aviation Department spokesperson Joe McBride. “It’s really exciting to see it coming out of the ground and starting to take shape.”There are some questions over what the inside shape of the airport will be, in what is hopefully a post-pandemic world, when the airport is completed in 2023.”I know that the designers, as they usually do, try to shift on the fly and look at what’s happening now and what’s going to happen in the future,” said McBride. “Certainly, they’re thinking about things like social distancing.”The leading design and architecture firm on the project, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, is just now starting to have those conversations.”The project is moving quite quickly,” … Read More


Le Mans 24 Hours 2020 to be held without spectators amid COVID-19 spike – WEC

The rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in September will take place behind closed doors in a reverse of the decision announced in June to allow a limited crowd.

Race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has decided that it is is untenable to allow even a limited number of spectators to attend the double-points round of the World Endurance Championship on 19/20 September after discussions with the local authority, the Sarthe Prefecture.

The move comes in the wake a spike in COVID-19 cases in France this month.

ACO president Pierre Fillon said: “Over the past few weeks, we have looked at many ways in which we could hold our event in September with fans present, albeit in limited numbers.

“However, given the constraints involved in organising a festival-scale event over several days in the current situation, we have opted with the local government authorities to hold the race behind closed

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MotoGP identifies first COVID-19 case in Czech GP paddock

The MotoGP paddock has detected its first positive COVID-19 case in a member of Dorna Sports’ TV crew, but the Czech Grand Prix weekend is not expected to be affected.

MotoGP has deployed strict protocols amidst the coronavirus pandemic in order to get its delayed 2020 season under way last month with a Jerez double-header.

Amongst the virus prevention measures in MotoGP is a reduced paddock size permitted at each event and races held without fans in attendance.

Those entering the paddock must produce a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to each race, with regular temperature checks carried out.

The paddock deploys its own track and trace app, with social bubbles in operation to avoid any interaction to cut down on possible virus spread.

Autosport learned earlier on Saturday that a member of MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports’ TV team had a presumptive positive test for the virus.

Dorna has now

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Hulkenberg to race at F1 70th Anniversary GP, Perez still COVID-19 positive – F1

Nico Hulkenberg is to have a second outing with Racing Point in Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19 once again.

After missing the British GP the Mexican was given the official go-ahead to end his quarantine yesterday by Public Health England, following some uncertainty over whether it should have lasted for seven or 10 days.

However under the FIA Code of Conduct he then had to get a negative test result before he was allowed in the paddock in order to compete in the race. He duly took a test on Thursday.

The team announced today: “Sergio’s test has returned a positive result and he will continue to follow the guidance of Public Health England. He is physically well and recovering.”

“The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

The team gave no indication

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Perez could return for 70th Anniversary GP after completing COVID-19 quarantine – F1

Sergio Perez could return for this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after completing his required quarantine period following a positive test for COVID-19.

Perez was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for the British Grand Prix while he isolated after his positive diagnosis last Friday, but Racing Point said it was possible the Mexican could return for the second race.

The team said it was awaiting clarification over UK quarantine rules after a change in guidance, which recently updated from seven to 10 days of isolation after a positive COVID-19 result.

Racing Point has now confirmed Perez has completed his required quarantine period after guidance from government officials, meaning he will be eligible to race this weekend.

However, Perez must test negative for COVID-19 before he is able to re-enter the F1 paddock, meaning the team will decide on the line-up for the weekend once it has the result back.

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