Jimmie Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss Brickyard 400

Ruben Hill
July 5, 2020

NASCAR's Cup Series drivers will race in the annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday afternoon (4 p.m. ET, NBC), following a doubleheader of races on the Indianapolis road course on Saturday.

Hendrick Motorsports, which fields the No. 48 Chevrolet regularly driven by Johnson, said the driver has not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Johnson was tested early on Friday after he learned that his wife had tested positive for the virus, and received his own positive result shortly after.

"My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates", said Johnson per release (via NASCAR). "I've never missed a race in my Cup career". The couple's children, ages 9 and 6, tested negative.

Jimmie missing the race might also make it hard for him to make the cut for the NASCAR playoffs - and a shot at one last title run - especially if he misses more.

NASCAR has come back with flying colors as one of the United States' first major professional leagues to return amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but Johnson is the first major name to test positive during the pandemic.

"Jimmie is a true battle-tested champion, and we wish him well in his recovery".

The driver of the #48 was set to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend as part of his last full season in the Cup series on his way to retiring from the series.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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