Jimmie Johnson’s brother-in-law killed in skydiving accident

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It has been confirmed that the brother-in-law of six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson lost his life yesterday in a skydiving accident in San Diego.

NBC San Diego reports that 27-year-old Jordan Janway, the brother of Johnson’s wife, Chandra, collided in mid-air with another diver during a training session at the Skydive San Diego complex. The other diver was not injured and landed safely.

Janway was a skydiving instructor with more than 1,000 jumps to his credit. His parachute did not deploy in the incident, and less than an hour after he was first reported missing, his body was found by a sheriff’s helicopter.

According to Skydive San Diego owner Buzz Fink, the parachutes have a chip that will automatically deploy the chute should the diver be falling too fast.

However, Fink said that Janway’s chip was undergoing maintenance and was not on his chute. Additionally, since Janway had jumped more than 1,000 times, he was not required to jump with the chip and did not do so.

“We do well over 100,000 jumps a year, and we pride ourselves on our safety and everything we do as far as our equipment, our airplanes,” Fink told NBC San Diego. “However, it is skydiving and things can happen and generally you do everything we can to prevent it.”

“I liken it to driving down the road. You have a safety belt, an air bag. The bottom line is, you’re still at a risk if someone crosses that line and hits your car,” he said.

Today, the Johnsons released the following statement on the driver’s web site that read as follows:

The Johnsons are saddened by the tragic passing of Chandra’s brother, Jordan Janway, 27. Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed. Please keep the Janway family in your thoughts and prayers. The family asks for privacy at this time.

We certainly pass along our condolences and sympathy to them.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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