Porsche Skipping Mid-Ohio After Positive COVID-19 Tests

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The Porsche GT Team will not take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as a precaution after multiple positive COVID-19 tests following the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Porsche Photo)
The Porsche GT Team will not take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as a precaution after multiple positive COVID-19 tests following the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Porsche Photo)

STUTTGART, Germany – The Porsche GT Team will not participate in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event on Sept. 27 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after several positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend.

As a precautionary measure, Porsche Motorsport will not be sending any of its team members who were in Le Mans to the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This ruling will also apply to the upcoming race in North America.

Factory drivers Laurens Vanthoor, Frédéric Makowiecki and Nick Tandy all competed in Le Mans. Porsche will be back in the competition during the IMSA event on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Oct. 10.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio. This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be travelling to the USA,” said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President, Motorsport. “This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasise that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”