Austin Dillon will not complete in the NASCAR Cup Series’ inaugural race on the Daytona Road Course.
A positive test for Covid-19 will force Dillon to miss the race. Kaz Grala will fill in behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.
This will mark the Cup Series debut for Grala.
Dillon qualifies for the Cup Series playoffs with a win at Texas Motor Speedway on July 19.
“RCR takes the safety of our employees, fellow competitors, fans, partners and outside vendors seriously,” the team said in a statement. “Based upon recommendations outlined by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NASCAR and our health partners at Wake-Forest Baptist Health, RCR has enacted procedures and safety protocols designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. These guidelines were developed in close consultation with a panel of medical experts with broad experience in infectious diseases, many of whom have been on the front line in treating COVID-19 patients across the country. We will continue to adhere to these guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of our employees and their families, and our business partners.”
Dillon may be eligible to return to competition if he receives two negative COVID-19 test results, from tests taken at least 24 hours apart.