Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, widely considered to be one of the greatest drivers of all time, is the first competitor in the sport who has tested positive for coronavirus.
The official website of NASCAR relayed Johnson's statement regarding testing positive and missing the Brickyard 400.
"My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates," Johnson said in the statement. "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."
His team added on to the statement by saying that he has not experienced any symptoms of coronavirus and only received a test after his wife's came back positive.
Johnson's replacement at Brickyard 400 will be Justin Allgaier. The web statement from NASCAR added that Johnson will still be able to make the playoffs despite missed races due to a playoff waiver, so long as he is symptom-free and has two negative tests, taken within a day of each other, by the time the playoffs begin.
NASCAR commended Johnson for being a "true battle-tested champion," and if he's able to take this same mentality into his swift and healthy recovery, Johnson should hopefully be back in action in a short time. He recently helped to lead a pre-race display of solidarity in support of Bubba Wallace after a noose was found in the African-American driver's garage stall.