Friday, September 6, 2013

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson's daughter arrives; he will miss Friday qualifying

   NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson's wife, Chandra, gave birth early Friday morning to the couple's second daughter, Lydia Norriss, in Charlotte. A team press release said Lydia weighed five pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.
   Chandra and the baby were doing well and expected to remain overnight in the hospital. The couple already has a 3-year-old daughter, Genevieve.
   Johnson will miss Friday's Cup series practice and qualifying at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Regan Smith, a Nationwide Series driver for JR Motorsports, will serve as interim driver with Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on Friday.
   Johnson will compete in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at the track.