The biggest criticism thus far of NASCAR’s COVID-19 protocols has been that NASCAR isn’t testing participants.
This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR won’t test everyone with a nasal swab but will instead rely on the noses of dogs.
NASCAR will use the 360 K9 Group, a provider of specialized detection dogs that has successfully trained the animals to detect COVID-19 as a way to screen drivers, crew members and vendors as they enter the garage.
NASCAR and the Miami Heat are enlisting K9 teams, which claim to be accurate and cost-effective, to detect the virus before races and games.
This week, NASCAR announced that it would be enlisting a team of COVID-19 detecting dogs to help bolster the league’s virus protocols at Sunday’s Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The dogs trained in collaboration with Alabama’s 360 K9 Group’s K9 Bio Detection unit and Florida’s F1K9 company are appearing on a trial basis and only scanning race teams, NASCAR officials, and the vendors that work inside the garage—not drivers or fans.
NASCAR officials plan to introduce a new facet to the COVID-19 screening process this weekend, using trained dogs to detect coronavirus among essential personnel for Sunday’s Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The procedure will be deployed on a trial basis before Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as a potential first line of at-track defense intended to limit the disease’s spread. Teams were notified Tuesday. It’s the latest development in an evolving process and one that could present an efficient, highly accurate and cost-effective supplement to the existing procedures.