CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson is just as confused as everyone else about his plight with the coronavirus. A positive test caused the seven-time NASCAR champion to miss the first race of his career, and it was followed three days later by a negative test.
He never suffered any symptoms and was tested only after his wife, bothered by seasonal allergies, received a positive test.
Was it a false positive? Were he and wife, Chani, carrying the virus for some time before their tests?
He has no answers.
“There’s a lot of speculation there," Johnson said Friday, a full week after testing positive. “I’m the most frustrated person out there, especially living in a world of facts that we do. To not have the facts drives me bananas.”
Johnson sat out last Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which snapped his streak of 663 consecutive starts, longest among active drivers. But he tested negative Monday and Tuesday and was cleared by NASCAR to race again this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
That first negative test sent his constantly changing emotions to a different level.
“My first response was just anger. I started cussing and used every cuss word that I knew of and I think invented a few new ones,” Johnson said Friday. "It was just so weird — the anger — because I've been asymptomatic. Anger hits. And then speculation in my mind. And then it's, ‘Wait a second, there is nothing good that can come of this. No one knows. I don’t know. It’s just time to move on. ’