NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson’s In-Laws & Nephew Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide In Oklahoma
The NASCAR community is mourning alongside driver Jimmie Johnson following the tragic deaths of his in-laws and nephew in an apparent murder-suicide.
PEOPLE confirmed with police that Jimmie’s in-laws, Terry (age 68) and Jack Janway (age 69), were found dead inside their Muskogee, Oklahoma home on Monday (June 26). Terry and Jack were the parents of Jimmie’s wife, Chandra, who he married in 2004.
Police Believe Terry Janway Killed Her Husband & Grandson Before Taking Her Own Life
Terry and Jack’s 11-year-old grandson (Jimmie and Chandra’s nephew), Dalton, was also found dead in the home on Monday evening.
According to PEOPLE, police believe Terry killed Jack and Dalton before taking her own life. “Additional information will be released if it becomes available,” police said.
NASCAR great Jimmie Johnson's in-laws, nephew found shot to death in Oklahoma https://t.co/SzRUsmVBAL
— WXII 12 News (@WXII) June 28, 2023
Jimmie was scheuled to race this weekend in Chicago. It was supposed to be his fourth race of the season with the team he co-owns, Legacy Motor Club.
NASCAR & Legacy Motor Club Release Statements About Johnson Family Tragedy
Now, Jimmie Johnson has withdrawn and will not participate in the race. Legacy Motor Club released a statement about this decision, saying:
“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.”
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
— LEGACY MOTOR CLUB (@LegacyMotorclub) June 27, 2023
NASCAR has since released a statement of its own about Johnson’s family tragedy and expressed their sympathies. They told NBC Sports:
“We are saddened by the tragic deaths of members of Chandra Johnson’s family. The entire NASCAR family extends its deepest support and condolences during this difficult time to Chandra, Jimmie and the entire Johnson & Janway families.”
We too, join the NASCAR community in praying for Johnson and his family during this heartbreaking time.