"I do know that I still want to compete".
Jimmie Johnson and his family took every precaution to avoid the coronavirus.
In order to return to racing, NASCAR said Johnson must be symptom free and have two negative COVID-19 test results, at least 24 hours apart, and also be cleared by his physician.
Instead, Johnson is anxious for his two daughters. Johnson tested positive while both of their children tested negative. If we would have been up front, we would have been hard to beat. We're concerned about feeding them and passing herpes. He had talked about the test and the possibility of running the Indianapolis 500.
He didn't have an inkling anything was wrong until Friday. She reportedly experienced allergy-like symptoms, while her husband is asymptomatic.
HMS said Johnson was in constant communication with the organisation before and after being tested for COVID-19.
Johnson, 44, is set to retire from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of this season.
"If it wasn't for Chani's diligence to complete the right thing at all times we'd be going on with life as normal and who knows who we're able to have come in touch with and the repercussions which could have had".
The news wasn't, and isn't, easy for Johnson to swallow.
But the ramifications reverberate around the racing community.
"I've been friends with Justin for a lot of years and raced against him", Johnson said.
"I can't even begin to describe it, to be honest with you", Allgaier says. "On top of the fact that they don't know what the antibodies mean. They got it today". "I have more questions than I do answers at this point". I still don't have clarity. "When I drive in there and see the pagoda, I get the goosebumps".
Despite interruption in the 2020 season due to the pandemic, the lack of fans at most races and now this diagnosis, Johnson said he's already had to communicate to Hendrick Motorsports this will be his final fulltime NASCAR season and certainly will not waver from that.
Penske and NASCAR added another wrinkle when the Xfinity Series race was moved to the IMS road course, and this weekend was going to be an impressive display of a massive makeover Penske has given the speedway. Crew members across various teams have tested positive for coronavirus since NASCAR has returned to racing.
"I don't think you care be careful enough". "Obviously, it is unfortunate that Jimmie is going to be out of the auto this weekend". He became the first driver in any NASCAR series to test positive. Two teams have confirmed that shop-based employees who do not travel to the track have had positive tests. Johnson now sits in 12th place in the standings, with the top 16 qualifying for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, back at the mountain home, adjustments are being made.