Source: Charlotte Observer

Red Farmer won more than 700 events in his nearly three-quarters-of-a-century career. He still competes to this day, just shy of his 88th birthday. But one thing has finally slowed him down in recent weeks: the coronavirus.

“I’m still on the green side of the grass,” he told the Charlotte Observer. “That’s what counts. Instead of the brown side.”

Farmer had a rough bout of coronavirus and was forced to enter the hospital near his home in Birmingham. After a five day stay, he was discharged. Still, the racing veteran says he’s gaining back his energy and hopes to drive again soon.

“I don’t ever say I’m retiring,” Farmer told the paper. “I don’t ever say I’m quitting. I just play it by ear. Whatever comes around.”

He says that he has been taking the virus seriously since he is in the high-risk category. 

“I still don’t have any idea where I got it, but I got it,” Farmer said. “But I think everybody should wear the mask.”

Read the full story from the Charlotte Observer.