Legacy Motor Club Withdraws No. 84 for Chicago NASCAR Cup Series Race

Jimmie Johnson is mourning the deaths of his in-laws and wife Chandra's nephew - NASCAR photo
Jimmie Johnson is mourning the deaths of his in-laws and wife Chandra’s nephew – NASCAR photo

As NASCAR prepares for its first street-course race in the Windy City this weekend, Chicago fans will have to be content to watch without seeing seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and his Legacy Motor Club No. 84 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in this Grant Park 220 race.

Three of Johnson’s wife Chandra’s relatives were shot to death in what police in Muskogee, Oklahoma, believe might be a murder/suicide. Terry, Jack and Dalton Janway were found at their home after police responded to a 911 call about an individual with a gun. When they arrived at the Janway home, they found a body inside the front door and heard gunshots inside the home. Terry and Jack are Chandra Johnson’s parents; Dalton is Chandra’s nephew and the Janway’s 11-year-old grandson.

NASCAR made a statement upon learning of this horror to a long-standing community member: “We are saddened by the tragic deaths of members of 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.”

Legacy Motor Club, which has full-time entries for Erik Jones and Noah Gragson, who will compete in this weekend’s race stated: “Legacy Motor Club has elected to withdraw the No. 84 Carvana Chevrolet from this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event in Chicago. The Johnson family has asked for privacy at this time and no further statements will be made.”

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, shown at the 2022 Indianapolis 500 – Anne Proffit photo

Johnson was slated to compete in his fourth race of the season at Chicago. He is an 83-time NASCAR Cup Series winner and returned to Cup Series competition on a part-time basis for the 2023 season. He has raced at the 2023 Daytona 500, in the Cup Series race on Circuit of the Americas’ road course and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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