John­son and Nasr hit by coro­n­avirus

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK -

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.

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