A race weekend with Jimmie Johnson behind the wheel is lastly on the horizon. This Sunday, Johnson takes to the observe at Barber Motorsports Park in his maiden race within the IndyCar Sequence for Chip Ganassi Racing.
After a few a long time, Johnson will compete for ‘Rookie of the Yr’ honors. This time it’s in an Indy automobile and Johnson may also need to face many extra opponents who’re, for a change, rather more skilled than him.
Nevertheless, the 7-time NASCAR Cup champ doesn’t need to let that strain get to him. For Johnson, his competitors is barely with himself.
“I actually do really feel like, out of the gate, I’m competing with myself,” Johnson mentioned forward of his IndyCar 2021 debut. “I need to hold it that straightforward, so I don’t get caught up in my very own aggressive nature and don’t benefit from the course of or the expertise,” he added.
Jimmie Johnson highlights the challenges of being a rookie in 2021
The problem in entrance of Johnson is definitely larger than what rookies usually face. He strikes into a very totally different kind of racing, in a yr the place testing, observe, and qualifying classes are affected as a result of international pandemic.
Within the lead as much as the season, Johnson additionally couldn’t get as a lot observe time as he would’ve ideally wished to.
“Being a rookie in 2021 is hard, it doesn’t matter which sequence. Seat time is proscribed, testing is proscribed, observe time is proscribed. Studying new venues, studying a brand new automobile. It’s only a lot to soak up,” the previous Hendrick Motorsports driver mentioned additional.
Within the restricted testing time he did get, Johnson made first rate positive aspects. Initially, he was three seconds off the lead laps, and when he ran the ultimate check, Johnson bridged that hole to o.5 seconds.
Whereas he feels assured, Johnson doesn’t need to get forward of himself. He desires to ‘crawl earlier than strolling’ and ‘stroll earlier than working’.
Johnson’s mantra main into his maiden IndyCar season
“Once I began testing the automobile I used to be about three seconds off the tempo. I’m moving into the fitting course, however that final half a second goes to be the hardest and that’s what takes a long time of expertise to hone in on,” the 45-year-old expressed.
“I simply must hold a perspective, crawl earlier than I stroll, and stroll earlier than I run,” he mentioned.
Johnson begins a brand new racing season outdoors of NASCAR for the primary time in a really very long time. Nevertheless, the legendary racer has earned many followers over time that want to observe him wherever he races.
There shall be nice curiosity in Johnson’s IndyCar debut from NASCAR circles as properly.