NASCAR will be without a big name on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson has withdrawn from the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 after testing positive for Covid-19, according to reporter Jenna Fryer. He was tested after his wife tested positive, but is not experiencing symptoms.
Johnson will be replaced on Sunday by Justin Allgaier. Johnson is the first NASCAR driver to test positive for Covid-19, in what was going to be his final NASCAR race at the Speedway. He has made 663 consecutive Cup Series starts, which until now was the longest streak among active drivers.
UPDATE: The positive test has since been confirmed by Jimmie Johnson’s team. Johnson released this statement:
“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in a team release. “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.”