The novel coronavirus caught up with the first NASCAR cup driver, Jimmie Johnson, to contract the disease mere months before his NASCAR career came to an end.
The four-time Brickyard winner, Jimmie Johnson tested positive for the novel coronavirus early in July, according to reports from NBC.
The positive test result made Johnson the first NASCAR cup driver to contract the disease, and Henrick Motorsports said at the time he would only race again once cleared by a physician.
Jimmie Johnson with his wife Chandra and his daughters Genevieve and Lydia before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship on November 19, 2017, in Homestead, Florida. Source: Getty Images.
Johnson decided to have himself tested when his wife Chandra received positive test results after experiencing allergy-like symptoms. The couple has been married going on two decades and shares two beautiful daughters.
"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," Johnson said in a statement.
Chandra and Johnson met through mutual friends back in 2002, and he proposed to her during a snowboarding trip in Colorado the following year. He even organized a photographer to tag along and take pictures of the occasion.
A year later, they romantically tied the knot in St. Bart's in the Caribbean before welcoming their two daughters Genevieve and Lynda. The siblings are three years apart in age, and already taking after their father offroad riding on their bicycles.
The racecar driver's racing career ended on a disappointing note. His No. 48 Chevrolet was left battered and wrecked during the race just before the regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway late August.
The crash meant that Johnson's career ended without being in contention for his record-setting with Cup Series championship win. Even so, his career achievements are substantial, and he is rightfully proud of his career.
Historically, Johnson crashed 43 times at Daytona, but it is also where he got his seven big wins. Nonetheless, he hadn't had a win since June 2017.
Relatedly, Danica Patrick retired as a NASCAR driver in 2018. However, she's still involved in the sport even if it's from the NBC booth where she commentates on the happenings on the track.
She became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 laps back in 2005, but during a recent interview, it was clear that she is happy to have moved on from that part of her life. Feeling like she's "done it," Patrick is "happy" to be watching from the sidelines.