Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed in a statement Friday night that two of its employees who work from the team’s shop in North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19.
The full statement: “Stewart-Haas Racing has experienced two positive COVID-19 test results, neither of which involve personnel who travel to race events. Robust protocols have been in place and continue to be followed diligently to mitigate the spread of the virus while maintaining the health and safety of all members of the organization and greater community.”
NASCAR returned to racing May 17 following a two-month pause due to the novel coronavirus. The return came with an enhanced, deliberate plan as NASCAR worked closely with health experts and government officials to ensure best practices.
Part of those safeguards includes keeping road crew members separate from the designated staff who primarily work in the shop.
NASCAR and track officials have also made screening and other wellness checks mandatory for essential at-track personnel.
Saturday afternoon, Team Penske announced in a statement that one of its team members had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week as well.
“Earlier this week, Team Penske had one of its team members report positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. “This employee has been in quarantine all week and has recovered without any further symptoms. Due to the team’s stringent protocols, only a few of our personnel had reason to quarantine and none of those individuals are experiencing any symptoms. The identities of those impacted, along with additional details, will not be released due to privacy concerns.”