NASCAR Sports Update: Seven-time tests positive for COVID-19
Updated: Jul 5
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the Coronavirus, NASCAR announced on Friday. Due to NASCAR policy, he will not take part in this Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson's wife Chandra also tested positive after experiencing allergy-like symptoms. Johnson, a four-time winner at IMS, becomes the first driver to have tested positive for COVID-19 since NASCAR's return to racing on May 17th.
In 663 starts, Johnson has never missed a race. This streak extends back to 2002, his first full-time season. The El Cajon, CA native will not be able to return to racing until after being tested negative for the virus twice in two 24-hour periods.
Xfinity Series regular Justin Allgaier will replace Johnson in the 48 car on Sunday. Johnson is currently 12th in the points standings.