ADDITIONAL UPDATES: Jimmie Johnson treated at RIR infield medical center for dehydration, has been released


UPDATE #2: Jimmie Johnson has been released from the infield care center at Richmond International Raceway after suffering an apparent bout of dehydration. See related tweets below.

UPDATE #1: NASCAR has released a statement that advised Jimmie Johnson is being treated for dehydration, which has been also confirmed by crew chief Chad Knaus.

Six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson suffered some type of health issue immediately after Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Johnson climbed out of his No. 48 race car, which finished a strong eighth in the final qualifying race for the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup, under his own power and immediately sat down next to his car, according to reports.

One of the fittest drivers in the Sprint Cup circuit, Johnson then apparently laid down next to his car. Several of his teammates called for medical attention and proceeded to pick up what appeared to be a very feint-looking Johnson after he fell backward towards the racetrack surface.

Those same teammates then picked him up, carried him over the pit road wall and placed him on a mobile stretcher cart, which whisked him to the RIR infield medical center.

ESPN’s post-race telecast showed Johnson, with the top of his firesuit pulled down below his waist, leaning over in the back of the transport cart.

NASCAR has not yet issued an update on Johnson’s condition, although NASCAR Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett speculated that Johnson may be suffering from dehydration and possible exposure to carbon monoxide.

Jarrett experienced a similar instance during his driving career, and related a story how ESPN pit road reporter Dr. Jerry Punch helped revive him by inserting an IV to rehydrate Jarrett.’s MotorSportsTalk will have more updates on Johnson’s condition as they become available.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.