Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic struck out in full force across the globe. Even NASCAR was not spared, as some personnel and a couple drivers tested positive. Among them were Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson, though they have since recovered. However, former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon recently confessed that he also tested positive.
In conversation with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, he said, “I tested positive for COVID last week. So I’ve been in quarantine, but the good news is, it was smooth and I had minimal symptoms. I’m good to go for Martinsville this weekend… It’s certainly been a big learning curve about all the discussions I have with doctors.”
What else did Jeff Gordon say?
Gordon acknowledged that the more that people tried to understand it, the more confusing it got. Gordon admitted that he was lucky that his symptoms were minimal, and he took all the precautions. He also ensured that his wife and children did not get the virus.
He continued, “It’s just one of those things where I try to educate myself. I also got my first round of vaccines, seven days before I tested, so I don’t know if that played a role. I’m looking forward to getting the final dose of the vaccine, I’m a big proponent of masks and the vaccination and protecting ourselves.”
For now, he is just glad that he is on the mend and will soon be back in the commentary booth. In addition to that, he is also looking forward to the Cup Series race at Martinsville. When Gordon recovers in time for the race, Clint Bowyer will join him in the booth, as has been the case this year.
The 4-time Cup Series champion was not the first COVID victim in the NASCAR community. One can only hope that not too many people become victims of the virus going forward!
READ MORE: WATCH: Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer Sit to ‘Discuss’ Their 2012 NASCAR Incident in Phoenix