“I Don’t Care, Honestly” – Jimmie Johnson Has a Brutal Response to His Doubters Ahead of His First Full-Time Season in INDYCAR

Published 01/23/2022, 4:50 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It’s ideal that Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series winner and the driver with the sixth-most wins in NASCAR history, wouldn’t be doubted for doing well in his upcoming INDYCAR season. But when is life ideal?

Johnson, who is going full time in the single-seaters next season, has been on the receiving end of a lot of doubters and critics who question whether at 46-years-old, he is fit to race in the sport.

But the former Hendrick driver is clearly not paying any heed to them. Over two decades of racing experience has not only earned him the race wins, titles, and a place in the list of all-time greats, but it has also made him immune to substance-less criticism.

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And especially now, when he has, in many ways, ‘proved’ his mettle.

In a recent interview, Johnson spoke about this very thing. “It seems many people say I’ve lost it and not cut out to drive a race car anymore,” he said.

“Thankfully, I’m thick-skinned (to criticism) after years of experience, and I don’t care, honestly.”

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, poses for a portrait after winning the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson is competing in INDYCAR for himself

After the announcement of his full-time status for 2022, Jimmie Johnson had described how the opportunity to race in the Indy500 was a childhood dream come true for him.

And once again, he reasserted that taking part in INDYCAR isn’t about anyone but himself.

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I joke with friends that my ‘give-a-sh*t’ meter broke. (Competing in INDYCAR) isn’t about anyone else but myself,” he said.

Apr 18, 2021; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Indy driver Jimmie Johnson (48) at Barber Motorsports Park. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson added, “What I’m doing now, I feel so free. It’s odd because it’s very much like my teenage years where I was just racing because I wanted to race.”

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“I’m doing it my way and doing what the heck I want to do.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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