Seven time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

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DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday evening that seven time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The driver of the 48 car will not drive this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which he has won five times throughout his NASCAR career.

In order to get back onto the track, Johnson must test negative for COVID-19 twice on two separate days. In his absence, Justin Allgaier will drive the 48 car.

Johnson has never missed a Cup race in his career but this Sunday will be his first. Though he wants to do what he can to race this weekend, he knows there are bigger priorities than himself.

“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in a team release today.

NASCAR also asks that a member of Johnson’s team to quarantine due to the close proximity with the driver.

Johnson said that 2020 will be his last season racing in the Cup Series but Johnson hopes to get healthy before the playoffs.

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