Johnson Cleared To Return To Competition

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Johnson Cleared
Jimmie Johnson has been medically cleared to resume racing. (HHP/Harold Hinson photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has been cleared to return to competition and will drive the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

After testing positive for COVID-19 Friday afternoon, Johnson did not compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, marking the first time he has missed a race in his Cup career.

He tested negative twice this week – on Monday and Tuesday – and was cleared by his physician Tuesday evening in accordance with NASCAR guidelines. Johnson never experienced symptoms.

“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days,” Johnson said. “I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”

Following Johnson’s diagnosis, four Hendrick Motorsports crew members were tested for COVID-19 with all four receiving negative results. The No. 48 team will have its regular personnel roster for Sunday’s event at Kentucky (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

Johnson, 44, is currently 15th in the driver standings, 46 points above the cutoff for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.