Johnson and Nasr hit by coronavirus
Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and 2018 IMSA Sportscar king Felipe Nasr were both forced out of action last weekend after testing positive for COVID-19.
Johnson missed the Brickyard 400. He had not shown any symptoms, but had a positive result when he was tested after his wife developed allergies. He therefore gave up his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to Xfinity Series veteran Justin Allgaier, and has had to delay an Indycar test this week.
Nasr had been feeling under the weather in the build-up to the Daytona 240 when he got tested, and was found to be positive. He relinquished his place in the Action Express Racing Cadillac alongside Pipo Derani and Colombian former
Indycar racer Gabby Chaves.
Derani and Chaves finished fifth in this, the first IMSA round since January’s Daytona 24 Hours. It keeps Derani in the picture for the title, but makes it impossible for ex-formula 1 driver Nasr to add a second IMSA crown to his tally.
Both Johnson and Nasr will have to stay out of the cockpit until they are cleared to return by their doctors.