Antonio Garcia tested positive for the COVID-19 during the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which revealed Corvette Racing with a two-driver lineup en route en route to the GT Le Mans class victory on Sunday.
Garcia shared the driving duties of the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R through the 17th hour of Florida’s Endurance Classic until the results from a routine travel test were returned to the team.
A statement from Corvette Racing stated, “As a part of the international COVID travel protocol, all drivers and team members going out of the US are required to take the 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 for leaving the country.
“He was immediately knocked out of the competition upon notice of a positive test result, although he was not feeling any symptoms, would no longer participate in any additional running activities at the Rolex 24 in Daytona.
“In consultation with IMSA and its Event Operations Protocol, series determined Corvette Racing met all conditions under the IMSA Event Protocol that allowed it to compete in a safe and responsible manner.
“We have informed the crew members and others who had contact with Antonio and will be testing with members of the racing team after 72 hours as per CDC guidelines.”
Garcia is the second driver to contract COVID-19 during the incident after a positive test conducted hours before the start of the Michael D. Cusada race forced him from the cockpit.
De Quessa was replaced by Mike Skein at the final time, while Corvette was unable to bring in a replacement after the race started.