First reported by Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports, NASCAR Cup Series seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 Friday afternoon. Johnson will miss Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be replaced by Xfinity Series regular Justin Allgaier.
Johnson was tested after finding out this morning that his wife, Chandra, tested positive for the virus after experiencing “allergy-like symptoms”. The 44-year-old driver has not experienced symptoms from the virus.
Another member of the No. 48 team for Hendrick Motorsports has been identified and told to self-quarantine as the person has been in contact with Johnson recently.
Johnson currently sits 12th in points and is 63 points ahead of the playoff cutline. NASCAR has granted him a waiver to miss races and remain a playoff-eligible driver. For him to return, he must be symptom-free and have two negative COVID-19 tests in a span of 24 hours. He will see his 663 consecutive start streak end, which is most among active drivers. Kevin Harvick is second with 655.
Allgaier steps in to replace Johnson in the No. 48 car this Sunday. He has 76 career starts in the Cup Series with one career top-10 finish and an average finish of 27.2. This is his first Cup start since the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway back in August of 2016.
Statement from Johnson via Bob Pockrass:
Statement from NASCAR: