Jimmie Johnson missed his first race due to COVID-19. Pool Photo-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Jimmie Johnson discusses frustration of the uknowns surrounding his COVID-19 test results

Jimmie Johnson was forced to miss a race for the first time in his career following a positive coronavirus test. Johnson expressed his confusion with the whole situation, as he never had any symptoms and tested negative just three days later.

"There's a lot of speculation there," Johnson said. "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."

Heading into last Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Johnson had 663 consecutive starts, the longest-running streak in NASCAR. However, after his wife Chandra tested positive, Johnson was forced to take a test as well, which was also positive. However, he tested negative just a few days later, leaving him to wonder if it was a false-negative.

"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.' Then I got very excited and starting looking at the facts that I've only missed one race. I feel like I am more on the optimistic side of things and out of the dark head space that I was in and moving in the right direction."

Thankfully, the whole thing is now behind him, as he's been cleared to begin racing again.

Blake Harper is a writer based in New York. He's originally from San Diego and is one of the few Chargers fans left. He doesn't believe in ties and loves elaborate celebrations. Follow him on Twitter @beezyharps 



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