Bob Varsha has tested positive for COVID-19, amid the legendary motorsports broadcaster’s fight with cancer.
The longtime FOX Sports commentator, who has covered the FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and various other high-profile endurances races in recent years, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in January.
While having recently completed a round of chemotherapy, the 68-year-old Atlanta resident was given the news late last week after having shown some of the virus’ symptoms.
“After completing my final, and toughest, round of chemo weeks ago, the side effects never seemed to go away,” Varsha wrote. “Then one day my temperature spiked, so my oncologist leapt into action and got me a Coronavirus test.
“On Friday the result was ‘positive.’ So here we are, enjoying another 14-day quarantine.
“I can’t say enough good things about my docs, Dr. Vasily Assikis here in Atlanta and Dr. Daniel George at Duke, and their staffs. They have been totally supportive.
“As soon as I can get the all-clear we’ll do blood and MRI work, see where are. Thanks to all! I still hope to speak to you from a track later this year.”
A GoFundMe page was been established in January to help Varsha through his cancer battle, with more than $100,000 raised to help pay for medical bills.
Most recently, Varsha had been the host of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s world feed while having also been part of SRO Motorsports Group’s broadcast team for the Total 24 Hours of Spa and other endurance races.