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David Starr, Carl Long & Other MBM Team Members Contract COVID-19

David Starr No. 66 MBM Motorsports NKP

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Motorsports Business Management team owner Carl Long, driver David Starr and seven other team members contracted COVID-19 after last weekend’s NASCAR races at Phoenix Raceway, Long said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Nov. 13. “We did finish the race out at Phoenix, but myself and eight of my team members contracted (COVID-19) on the way back,” …

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Tyler Reddick’s Crew Chief Missing Phoenix Due to COVID Protocols

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Tyler Reddick will have a different person calling the shots atop his No. 8 pit box, as usual crew chief Randall Burnett will miss the NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Phoenix Raceway due to COVID-19 protocols, FOX Sports‘ Bob Pockrass tweeted Nov. 4. Richard Childress Racing engineer Andrew Dickeson will serve as the replacement …

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Robert Kubica to Continue to Sub for Kimi Raikkonen in Italian GP

07 RAIKKONEN Kimi (fin), Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41, action during the Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Osterreich 2021, 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, 9th round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship from July 2 to 4, 2021 on the Red Bull Ring, in Spielberg, Austria - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

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Robert Kubica will continue to substitute for Kimi Raikkonen in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Formula 1, as Raikkonen has not been cleared to race, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN announced Wednesday (Sept. 8). Raikkonen was diagnosed with COVID-19 just before the Dutch Grand Prix last week. Kubica gained one position to finish 15th in …

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Corey LaJoie Out at Michigan Due to COVID-19 Protocols, Josh Berry Subbing

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Corey LaJoie will not compete in this week’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway due to COVID-19 protocols, Spire Motorsports announced Thursday, Aug. 19. Josh Berry will substitute for LaJoie in the No. 7 Chevrolet on Sunday. Berry is also driving for Michael Annett in Saturday’s Xfinity Series event while Annett recovers from …

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Formula 1 Cancels Japanese Grand Prix

2020 Belgian Formula 1 James Moy

The Belgian Grand Prix (Photo: ©Rolex/James Moy)

Formula 1 officials have canceled the Japanese Grand Prix, it was announced Wednesday (August 18). The event was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of …

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Max Papis Tests Positive for COVID-19, JJ Yeley to Sub at Indy

JJ Yeley at 2021 Martinsville Cup spring race, Fat Boy ice cream firesuit, Rick Ware Racing No. 53 car

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Max Papis has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to compete in the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Rick Ware Racing announced Aug. 12. JJ Yeley will serve as the replacement driver of the No. 17 Chevrolet. He was initially entered in the car earlier this …

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Chase Purdy Tests Positive for COVID-19, AJ Allmendinger In at Watkins Glen

Chase Purdy in No. 23 Bama Buggies GMS Racing truck at 2021 NASCAR Truck race at Charlotte, NKP

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Chase Purdy has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Watkins Glen International, GMS Racing announced Aug. 5. AJ Allmendinger will replace Purdy in the No. 23 Chevrolet. He will have to drop from Purdy’s slated 25th starting spot to the rear of the field for …

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6 Hours of Fuji Canceled Due to COVID-19

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The FIA World Endurance Championship announced Wednesday (July 7) that the 6 Hours of Fuji, originally scheduled as the fifth round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship on Sept. 26, has been cancelled.  The reasoning given is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, combined with ongoing travel restrictions to Japan. As a result, a second race …

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Daytona, Darlington, Kansas to Lift COVID-19 Attendance Restrictions

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The grandstands will be full at three more tracks later this season. Per three coordinated May 7 releases, Kansas Speedway and Daytona International Speedway will open their stands to full capacity for their NASCAR race weekends later this season. In addition, Darlington Raceway, which hosts NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck series this weekend, will do …

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Atlanta Motor Speedway to Open to Full Capacity for July Races

2021 Xfinity Atlanta Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Win (Credit: NKP)

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Per an April 30 announcement, Atlanta Motor Speedway has elected to increase its grandstand capacity to 100% for the NASCAR race weekend headlined by the July 11 Cup Series race. The announcement marks the first NASCAR facility to announce plans for a full capacity event since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. “As we’ve …

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