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NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, out indefinitely

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NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, out indefinitely

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, Hendricks Motorsports announced Friday.

Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup series champion, has not experienced any symptoms and was tested after his wife tested positive. He will miss Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Justin Allgaier will race in his place.

“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in a 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.”

Per NASCAR protocols in accordance with the CDC's guidelines, Johnson cannot return until he is symptom-free and has two negative coronavirus tests at least 24 hours apart. He also must be cleared by his physician before returning.

NASCAR has granted Johnson a playoff waiver. He is currently 12th in the standings.

FBI, NASCAR announce noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage not hate crime

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FBI, NASCAR announce noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage not hate crime

Following an FBI investigation, it has been determined that Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime when a noose was found in his Talladega garage on Sunday.

NASCAR made the announcement on Tuesday.

NASCAR and the FBI launched the investigation after the rope was found by one of Wallace’s crew members. ESPN reported that Wallace himself never saw the noose.

After its discovery, the entire NASCAR garage banded together in a show of solidarity against racism. NASCAR drivers and crew members walked the track and pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the starting grid before Monday's Geico 500.

In addition “#IStandWithBubba” was painted on the infield grass.

Wallace is NASCAR’s only Black driver.

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NASCAR drivers band together to support Bubba Wallace after noose found

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NASCAR drivers band together to support Bubba Wallace after noose found

Updated: June 23, 2020 - 4:57 p.m.

NASCAR announced on Tuesday that following an FBI investigation, Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime. According to the investigation, it was a pull rope, tied like a noose and had been in place since 2019, before Wallace's garage assignment at Talladega.

NASCAR, its drivers and crew members all banded together to support Bubba Wallace after a noose was found in his garage stall in Talladega.

On Monday before the Geico 500, the entire NASCAR garage took to the track to push Wallace’s No. 43 car to the front of the starting grid.

An emotional Wallace sat in the car while his peers pushed him to the start. Afterwards he shared handshakes and hugs with many of his competitors, then took this picture and shared it on Twitter.

In addition “#IStandWithBubba” was painted on the infield grass.

Before the race the drivers also bowed their heads in a moment of prayer, hoping to eradicate hatred and racism. Wallace stood at the head of the column of all the NASCAR drivers and crew during the prayer, and for the national anthem.

Wallace is NASCAR’s only Black driver. After the noose was found in his garage stall, NASCAR announced they were investigating the “heinous act” and would “do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.”


RELATED: NASCAR bans confederate flag displays at all races, properties