NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Gives First Interview Since Tragic Family Loss

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NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson opens up about his family’s heartbreaking journey after the loss of loved ones in a tragic shooting.

Johnson addressed the tragedy for the first time on Instagram in July 2023. 

“Our family is devastated by the profound loss of (Terry) Lynn, Jack and Dalton Janway. We have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support during this unthinkably sad time and remain grateful for all of your compassion.”


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Seven months later, he is opening up again to express his heartfelt gratitude to his fans.

Johnson spoke to TODAY on January 16, offering his public comments on the tragic incident.

When asked how his family has been holding up, Johnson stated, “First and foremost, thank you for the support. Friends and family, fans far and wide have been extremely supportive, and that’s helped us through this incredibly difficult time.”

“We’re managing the best we can, and that’s really all you can do,” he added, “so thank you for the support and the continued support.”

A Devastating Loss For His Family

On June 26, a terrible shooting claimed the lives of three of Jimmie Johnson’s relatives, including his wife Chandra’s parents, Jack and Terry Janway, as well as his 11-year-old nephew Dalton.

Johnson’s in-laws and nephew were found deceased in what authorities believe to be a tragic murder-suicide. The heartbreaking incident occurred at the Janway family home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, leaving the racing community and Jimmie Johnson’s supporters in a state of shock and grief.

The following day, the Muskogee Police Department provided additional information in a press release. They confirmed that dispatch received a call from a woman reporting a “disturbance” and indicating the presence of someone with a gun.

Upon reaching the scene, officers discovered one body near the front door. Shortly after, they heard a gunshot elsewhere in the house, leading them to find two more bodies.

“We are saddened by the tragic deaths of members of Chandra Johnson’s family,” NASCAR said in a statement. “The entire NASCAR family extends its deepest support and condolences during this difficult time to Chandra, Jimmie, and the entire Johnson & Janway families.”

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Along with his remarks about the incident, Johnson also shared some uplifting news. He mentioned that he is scheduled to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte on January 19.

“I knew the day was coming, and I’m very grateful for the success I’ve had in the car, but it’s been so fun to lean into this experience and to share this moment with so many that helped me get here.”

Johnson has won the NASCAR Cup seven times, making his name very well-known in the world of NASCAR.


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Watch Jimmie Johnson’s full interview catching up withTODAY below.