Jimmie Johnson had the eyes of the racing world upon him Sunday as he competed in his first Indianapolis 500.
The NASCAR Cup Collection champion – he’s received the honour a record-tying seven instances – crashed late Sunday, ending twenty eighth whereas Marcus Ericsson, from the identical racing workforce, took the crown. One other member of the Chip Ganassi Racing workforce, Tony Kanaan, completed third.
Johnson led for 2 laps within the race, however on Lap 194 he spun out, resulting in an eight-minute delay whereas officers cleared the monitor.
“Want extra expertise, that half was somewhat irritating,” an unscathed Johnson informed the Indianapolis Star, summing up his first Indy 500. “Simply to not have the automobile that I wanted in site visitors. However I actually realized lots and an important expertise on the market.”
In his different comparable IndyCar race in March at Texas Motor Speedway, the El Cajon native, 46, completed sixth when he was handed whereas conserving gasoline, in line with IndyCar.com.
“I simply really feel like I’m getting extra reps, extra high quality reps, understanding how you can use my instruments,” he informed IndyCar within the lead as much as Sunday’s massive race.
He added, “I’m nonetheless taking part in with mechanical grip and issues like that, however I’m (getting higher). We’ll see what occurs when it comes time.”
Johnson has received 83 NASCAR races. Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt are the one drivers to have received each the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, which Johnson received twice, in line with IndyCar.
Johnson now resides in North Carolina.