William Byron had a new set of guys pitting his car this past Wednesday at Texas and will have them again Sunday in Martinsville. Hendrick Motorsports announced on Thursday that multiple members of his normal crew have tested positive for COVID.
Hendrick Motorsports issued a statement Thursday:
“Due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, the No. 24 team’s full over-the-wall pit crew did not compete Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway and will not compete Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. The status of other team personnel has not been not affected. The No. 47 pit crew, which is staffed by Hendrick Motorsports, is serving as the No. 24 team’s interim pit crew. Hendrick Motorsports has implemented detailed procedures to protect the health of our team members and follows recommendations from the CDC, OSHA and NCDHHS regarding the handling of positive COVID-19 tests.”
This is the first time all season an outbreak like this has occurred. Previously, a few cases at Penske and Stewart Haas occurred at their shops and Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers.