While the headline of this past week might have been first-ever NASCAR and IndyCar doubleheader, but the same week saw the end of two historic streaks.
One of the streak to end was that of NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson. Having appeared in 663 consecutive races starting from 2002 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Johnson could not participate in the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 3.
The longest streak of all-time belongs to four-time champion Jeff Gordon who raced for 797 consecutive races. As Johnson is set to retire at the end of the 2020 season, he wouldn’t have matched the streak anyway. But, the streak came to an abrupt end, unlike how Johnson who have liked to.
Another streak to come to an end is that of IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan. The 2004 champion has raced in 318 consecutive races starting with the 2001 CART race at Portland International Raceway. However, he is an all-time record for the streak and is comfortably ahead of second-place by 58 starts.