Michigan Racer Endures Health Scare During Pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought a standstill to many aspects of everyday life, on and off the race track. Speed51 sent out a story urging drivers to send their stories and videos regarding what they are doing during the pandemic.


The state of Michigan has been one of the hardest-hit states with coronavirus since the outbreak began. Outlaw Super Late Model driver Frank Jiovani had a scary encounter with an illness, sending him into quarantine early during the pandemic with limited resources at his Harrison Township, Michigan home.


“With the abrupt shock to our entire country during this Covid-19 virus outbreak I don’t think anyone had the opportunity to prepare properly, but with limited supplies we have been able to survive the first two full weeks at Moran Motorsports,” Jiovani told Speed51 in an email. “I had a scary start to this epidemic with a high fever, chills and other flu like symptoms that kept me in quarantine at home for over 10 days.


“I was never passed through the pre-screening process to receive the official test for the virus, as there were limited supplies of tests at that time. Luckily, my wife and I prepared the basement fridge and stocked up on food.”


‘The Shark’ has thrusted himself as a force to be reckoned with in the wedge-bodied wars in recent years. With two ARCA Gold Cup titles in 2017-2018 and a Flat Rock Speedway track championship in 2019, he earned himself a spot as one of the top 10 current Outlaw Super Late Model racers in the country.


The team has been hard at work over the offseason getting the Moran Motorsports No.45 ready for 2020 season that will see him venture outside the east side of Michigan with the Intimidator 100 and Kalamazoo Klash on his radar.


“This was just after a winter season milestone as the team had just fired up the motor for the first time in the VanDoorn Racing Development built, Francis Engineering powered No. 45 Outlaw Late Model. We have spent a lot of time going through the typical off season checks and maintenance these cars require for a run at a championship.”


Jiovani has followed suit with other drivers in all forms of racing, getting his competitive fix in the sim racing world. What started as a small investment is beginning to pay off big.


“I continue to spend some free time sharpening the focus on the iRacing platform, typically racing Street Stocks and Late Models,” he said. “I built a cheap rig last year that’s coming in big right now. I started iRacing back in 2012 with just a desk and a steering wheel bought out of a thrift store for $20. I have found the NASCAR eRacing series fun and interesting to watch on Sundays.”


He ended his email with a message for fans across the country.


“We hope everyone stays safe during the rest of this outbreak and we all can get back to a normal way of life as soon as possible. Please see my website FrankJiovani.com for updates to the race schedule as we get closer to the start of the season.”


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Stay safe and wash your hands!


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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Michigan Racer Endures Health Scare During Pandemic