Jimmie and Chandra Johnson October 15, 2011; Charlotte, N.C., USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and wife Chandra Johnson during the National Anthem before the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and his family are in mourning following the death of three family members Monday.

According to multiple reports, Johnson’s father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Terry Janway, and Johnson’s 11-year-old nephew, Dalton, were found dead in their Muskogee, Okla., home.

Police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

The Janways are the parents of Chandra Johnson, 44, who married the NASCAR driver in 2004.

Following news of the tragedy, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion withdrew from this weekend’s Chicago Street Race. The team issued a brief statement via Twitter, saying in part, “The Johnson family has asked for privacy at this time and no further statements will be made.”

Johnson, 47, retired from full-time competition in the Cup Series in 2020, and after a couple of seasons in the IndyCar Series, returned to NASCAR this year as part owner of Legacy Motor Club.

The sports world sent condolences to the Johnson family.

[The New York Post]

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