Johnson catches Covid-19 – will miss Indy race and IndyCar test

Jimmie Johnson (R)
Jimmie Johnson (R)

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as his upcoming IndyCar test with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Hendrick Motorsports said Johnson will not return until he is cleared by a physician. He was tested earlier Friday after his wife, Chani, tested positive after experiencing allergy-like symptoms.

"My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates," Johnson said. "I've never missed a race in my Cup career, but I know it's going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I'm supposed to be out there competing. Although this situation is extremely disappointing, I'm going to come back ready to win races and put ourselves in playoff contention."

Justin Allgaier will replace Johnson in the No. 48 Chevrolet.

"Jimmie has handled this situation like the champion he is," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "We're relieved he isn't showing symptoms and that Chani is doing great, and we know he'll be back and ready to go very soon. It's going to be difficult for him to be out of the car and away from his team, but it's the right thing to do for Jimmie and everyone involved."

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