Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson who drives the No.48 Ally Racing Chevrolet says his first priority is the health and safety of his loved ones and team mates and he revealed on Saturday that he has been diagnosed with COVID 19.

In a statement Johnson said:

My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates. “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.

Johnson whose wife Chandra also tested positive for COVID 19. The news means that Johnson will miss Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports have drafted in Justin Allgaiar to drive the No.48 Ally Racing Chevrolet.

Speaking about the news team owner Rick Hendrick said:

Jimmie has handled this situation like the champion he is. “We’re relieved he isn’t showing symptoms and that Chani is doing great, and we know he’ll be back and ready to go very soon. It’s going to be difficult for him to be out of the car and away from his team, but it’s the right thing to do for Jimmie and everyone involved.”

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