By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson wants answers. However, he may not be able to get them on this coronavirus situation.
On Friday, NASCAR announced that Johnson was the first driver in the sport to test positive for the virus since the sport returned on May 17th. He admitted that his wife Chandra and himself were taking as much precaution as possible to not get the virus.
However, somehow, Johnson was able to get the virus. He reportedly got the virus from his wife, who had symptoms earlier in the week. This caused the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion to get tested — which turned out to be positive.
“I have more questions, honestly, than I do answers at this point,” Johnson said. “I don’t think you can be careful enough. Clearly we weren’t. With our best intent, we ended up positive somehow. We’re unclear how we ended up positive.”
As a result of the positive test, Johnson will be replaced by Justin Allgaier in the No. 48 car for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He will also miss additional races.
When he can return, nobody knows at this time. However, what we do know is, Johnson will be in quarantine for at least the next 14 days. He then will have to pass with two negative tests more than 24 hours apart from each other, along with a doctor’s release, according to NASCAR.
“Thankfully, I am asymptomatic,” Johnson said. “We don’t know how many days in that I am right now so there is some concern that my conditions could worsen. I literally have had zero symptoms. … I feel great. I think our biggest concern right now is for our children. They are negative as of (Friday) . We are being very responsible in our home to self isolate but at the same time we have to parent.
“That’s really the tricky hurdle we’re trying to sort out right now on top of managing their fears. … For a 9- and a 6-year old, trying to manage the fear right now, they can’t come around mom and dad. We’ve got to feed them. We’re concerned feeding them and passing them the virus. … On the homefront with our kids, we’re heartbroken right now to see the fear in their eyes and watching them try to manage what is going on right now.”
Johnson is at his residence in Aspen, Colorado. However, since June 14th, he has been at Homestead, Florida; Talladega, Alabama; Long Pond, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Charlotte, North Carolina besides being in Colorado.
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