Johnson cleared to race after 2 negative coronavirus tests
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. He was tested after his wife received a positive result. Hendrick Motorsports said Johnson tested negative on Monday and Tuesday and will return to the No. Hendrick Motorsports had four crew members tested for COVID-19 after Johnson's diagnosis and all four received negative results.
Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, rope
Exploiting racial tensions, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating a hoax after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall they had been assigned to. He has worn a shirt saying I Cant Breathe," raced with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme in Virginia and successfully lobbied for NASCAR's Confederate flag ban. For more than 70 years, the flag was a common and complicated sight at NASCAR races. The series first tried to ban the Confederate flag five years ago but did nothing to enforce the order. While Trump claimed NASCAR's ratings are down, they are actually up.
Driver Felipe Nasr tests positive for virus before Daytona sports car race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Felipe Nasr has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the IMSA sports car race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Action Express Racing said Friday that Gabby Chaves will replace Nasr and the Brazilian would quarantine in Miami. Nasr said he began to feel ill while driving Thursday to Daytona Beach. Hopefully, I will recover quickly, and my doctors can clear me to return to racing soon.Nasr, the 2018 IMSA prototype championship, was scheduled to drive the No. Chaves drove for the team in 2018 at Petit Le Mans, finishing eighth.
NASCAR wants 30,000 fans at All-Star race in Tennessee
CHARLOTTE, N.C. NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans at the track in Bristol next month when it moves the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the second time in the history of the race. The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina sparked the move to Bristol Motor Speedway. The NASCAR All-Star Race is an event known for making history, and we will enhance that legacy by hosting the event at Bristol Motor Speedway, said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. The 1986 race was run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR allowed 1,000 fans of mostly military personal this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is expected to have no more than 4,000 fans for the Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.