Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson received a green light to race again, said a Reuters report.

He has been cleared to race this weekend after twice testing negative for coronavirus.

NASCAR officials said on Wednesday, he raced at the Kentucky Speedway.

Johnson, 44, became the first NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus last Friday.

This has forced him out the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the weekend.

Johnson in a statement said:

“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days.

“I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro.

“I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”

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Another San Diego Padres Player With COVID-19

Infielder Jorge Mateo has become the second San Diego Padres player to test positive for the coronavirus, said CBS8.

San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Mateo was just a recently acquired player.

Tingler told reporters on a Zoom call:

Mateo “has not been to the ballpark, on the field, locker room, anything like that” and has “been self-isolating,”

He added.
“At the beginning (Mateo) had a little bit of a loss of smell and taste.

Although the reports are coming back the smell and taste is starting to come back to him.

He is feeling a little bit better.”

The team announced Friday that outfielder Tommy Pham had tested positive.

The Major Leagues’ Mitigation And Response

Under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, any covered individual who tests positive for the coronavirus will be:

  • Not be allowed to travel (except as authorized by club medical staff and the Joint Committee)
  • Will not have access to any team facility
  • No direct contact with any other covered individual or other club staff (other than medical staff)

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