NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson returns to auto after brother-in-law’s tragic death: Jordan Janway died March 30 in skydiving accident

Jordan Janway died March thirty in skydiving accident

By: Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press on April 4, 2014

Jimmie Johnson was quickest in practice at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Jimmie Johnson was quickest in practice at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

Jimmie Johnson returned to the race track Friday even now mourning the loss of his brother-in-law in a California skydiving accident.

Jordan Janway died Sunday in San Diego County right after apparently colliding with one more parachutist for the duration of freefall, and then failing to open his parachute. Janway was the 27-yr-previous brother of Johnson’;s wife, Chandra.

“This week has been extremely difficult for the Janway family members. It is been so challenging for myself to sit back and watch the folks I enjoy deal with so much soreness,” Johnson explained at Texas Motor Speedway. “Factors are progressing and everyone is as excellent as you can hope. Final night, the household invested a lot of time telling stories about Jordan, and smiling a tiny bit, smiling rather of tears. The healing approach has undoubtedly commenced.”

The 6-time champion opened his weekly media availability by thanking those who have reached out via different implies to provide support since Monday, when Janway’;s death was confirmed.

“I just wished to come in and make a brief comment prior to we received active racing, and then attempt to switch my mind into this racing actuality and concentrate the subsequent couple days on going racing and just go try to win a race,” he said.

Johnson had not had any time to take into account running a tribute decal on his No. 48 Chevrolet or helmet, but explained now that’;s he’;s at the track, he can think about a correct way to honor the free of charge-spirited Janway.

“He was a really adventurous guy — base-jumping and parachuting and sporting the squirrel fits, like you see the guys flying along the cliff sides, that’;s what he did,” Johnson stated. “He’;s in a good deal of individuals movies shooting that footage. Tragic death, for positive. But he was performing some thing he loved. He was extremely passionate about it. Never ever met a stranger, very warm, caring young man.”

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