Less than a week after revealing a positive diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus, seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has been given the all clear to return to racing.
After breaking a streak of 663 races, Johnson had to sit out the run at The Brickyard last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
According to a NASCAR mandate, Johnson had to test negative twice in tests taken 24 hours apart. He did so on Monday and Tuesday. Johnson will return to driving the number 48 car for the race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
Johnson issued a release saying, “my family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days. I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.
While there have been a couple of positive tests among crew members from other shop crew members, Johnson is the first driver to have tested positive for the virus.
While asymptomatic, Johnson had a test after his wife Chandra tested positive for the virus. The Johnsons have two small daughters who tested negative. In an interview via Skype last Sunday with NBC Sportscasters, Johnson spoke on the difficulty of parenting two frightened little girls from a distance.