Jimmie Johnson, Cup Series champion and part owner of NASCAR Chevy team Legacy Motor Club (LMC), has elected to withdraw from the forthcoming Cup Series street race in Chicago on Sunday, July 2nd, 2023. Johnson’s decision to sit out the historic event is due to the shooting deaths of his in-laws and nephew in Oklahoma on June 26th, according to a report from the Muskogee Phoenix.
A Muskogee police spokesperson stated that the bodies of Jack Janway, his wife Terry Janway and their 11-year-old grandson Dalton Janway were discovered on Monday. The spokesperson stated that investigators believe that Terry was responsible for the shooting, killing Jack and Dalton before committing suicide. Jack, Terry and Dalton Janway are the parents and nephew of Johnson’s wife, Chandra Janway.
Police were alerted to the tragedy via a 911 call reporting a disturbance with a gun, and arrived on scene to find one person near the door of the residence before hearing the final gunshot.
“Legacy Motor Club has elected to withdraw the No. 84 Carvana Chevrolet from this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event in Chicago,” LMC said in a statement, adding, “The Johnson family has asked for privacy at this time and no further statements will be made.”
In a statement, NASCAR said, “We are saddened by the tragic deaths of members of Chandra Johnson’s family. The entire NASCAR family extends its deepest support and condolences during this difficult time to Chandra, Jimmie and the entire Johnson and Janway families.”
In 2023, Jimmie Johnson has raced three times in the No. 84 Chevy Camaro ZL1, having driven in the Daytona 500, the Charlotte 600 and at Circuit of the Americas. He was also one of the drivers for the Garage 56 Camaro project and recently competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.