Bubba Wallace’s Long-time Spotter Freddie Kraft Gives Health Update after Positive COVID-19 Test

Published 12/31/2020, 7:50 AM EST
SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 12: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, races Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Earlier, news broke that spotter Freddie Kraft tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Kraft played the role of a spotter for NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace for nearly a decade. As it turns out, he is experiencing a few symptoms, like experiencing loss of taste and smell.


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On the bright side of things, Kraft mentioned that those were the only symptoms he was suffering from. Other than that, he is feeling hale and hearty, despite contracting the virus. As a bonus, he was still able to watch some Flo Racing from the Tulsa Shootout.

Kraft is the latest NASCAR personnel to contract the virus, and hopefully, he recovers soon.

He will stick with Wallace for the 2021 season, meaning that he has followed the African-American driver to 23XI Racing.

Aside from Kraft, who else previously contracted the virus?

As mentioned before, Freddie Kraft is far from the only NASCAR victim of the pandemic. In the 2020 season, Jimmie Johnson was forced to miss an Indianapolis race and Austin Dillon missed a Daytona race. Another victim was Truck Series driver Spencer Davis, who missed the race in Michigan.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Door Dash Chevrolet, leads Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

However, things did not stop there, as William Byron’s entire No. 24 pit crew caught the virus. Others included a couple of Stewart-Haas employees, as well a few Team Penske crew members. Even the likes of NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Jarrett and Red Farmer were not spared from the disease.

The good news was that everyone managed to recover from the illness, luckily without any fatalities.

Once he recovers from this, Kraft will be excited to link up with Bubba Wallace for an 11th season. The Michael Jordan-Denny Hamlin owned 23XI Racing team presents a massive new opportunity.


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