US Motorsport on the alert after news that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was found coronavirus positive and therefore was unable to participate in last weekend's race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson's team, Hendrick Motorsports, has made it known that the 44-year-old driver, who is also asymptomatic, will not return to competitions until he receives medical authorization.
Johnson had been tested after his wife Chani had tested positive. The champion before the Indianapolis race said: "My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates. I have never lost a race in my career, I know it will be very difficult to look from the sidelines when I should be out there racing.
Although this situation is extremely disappointing, I will be ready to win races and fight in the playoffs." Johnson was replaced by Justin Allgaier on Chevrolet no. 48. Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, talked about the issue: "Jimmie has handled this situation as the champion he is.
We are relieved that he shows no symptoms and that his wife Chani is doing great, and we know he will return and will be ready to race very soon. It will be difficult for him to be out of the car and away from his team, but it is the right thing for Jimmie and everyone involved to do.
The other athletes tested positive
In other sports, many athletes tested positive for the virus. In tennis, for example, Novak Djokovic, his wife Jelena and his coach Goran Ivanisevic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki and, lastly, the young American star Frances Tiafoe.
In the MMA Gilbert Burns, who was supposed to challenge Kamaru Usman for the Gilbert Burns was tested positive. In his place, the Gilbert Burns challenger will be Jorge Masvidal, in a fantastic and highly anticipated match organized in a few days by Dana White.
Even another NBA player was found positive for Coronavirus: this is Landry Shamet, the Los Angeles Clippers' shooting guard who therefore will not leave with his teammates for Disney Wolrd, in Orlando, Florida, where the various teams will arrive between 7 and 9 July 2020.
However, Shamet will be able to reach his companions by traveling independently once he is healed, that is, after having tested negative for three swabs.