Jimmie Johnson’s back.
The first NASCAR driver to test positive for the COVID-19 virus completed a second straight negative test Tuesday night, and was reinstated in Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 Ally Bank Chevrolet.
The seven-time Cup Series champion from El Cajon tested positive early last week.
He was replaced in the No. 48 by Justin Alleger, ending a streak of 663 straight Cup Series starts at Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
“Myself and my family are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support from around the world,” Johnson said. “It was a scary thing for my girls and my wife, but now we are ready to get back to racing at Kentucky this weekend.”
No other members of Hendrick Motorsports’ four Cup teams tested positive.
Alonso Returns to Formula One
Fernando Alonso made it official Wednesday.
The Spaniard will return to Formula One fulltime in 2021 with Renault, with whom he won back-to-back World Driving championships in 2005-06. Alonso, 39, will team up with Esteban Ocon. He last raced in Formula One in 2018.
He will replace Australian David Ricciardo, who will move on to McLaren. Alonso will make his second Indianapolis 500 start on Aug. 23.
Already having won the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Spaniard seeks a personal career hat trick with the Indy 500.