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.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.