NASCAR: WATCH Jimmie Johnson and Helio Castroneves’ Fun Chat Between Rolex 24 Media Interviews

Published 02/01/2021, 1:46 AM EST
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 11: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, gestures while on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The 2021 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is officially underway. Peppered across the grid are a number of NASCAR drivers, with Jimmie Johnson being one of them. During the race, media caught up to Johnson and Helio Castroneves when they were off from driving duty.

Of course, the COVID-19 restrictions meant that the press conference was held via a zoom call. As it turned out, Castroneves was up first, and as he was wrapping up, Johnson joined in. Needless to say, the Brazilian was thrilled and said, “48 in the house! How was the experience, buddy?”

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Jimmie Johnson assured that he had a lot of fun out on the track. However, he admitted he needs a bit more time on the track. Castroneves wholeheartedly agreed and declared that he loved racing for his current team. A large part of it was down to Johnson’s influence on the team and setup.

“For you to be doing those things…I want to be like you, man,” Castroneves said.

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SPARTA, KY – SEPTEMBER 04: Helio Castroneves of Brazil, driver of the #3 Team Penske Dallara Honda celebrates after winning the IndyCar Series Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway on September 4, 2010 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson and Helio Castroneves engage in banter

While the IndyCar driver continued to praise Johnson, the latter engaged in a bit of banter. He said that he hoped he looked as good as the Brazilian driver when he is his age. After a bout of laughter, the Indy driver pleaded with Johnson to not go so fast and he would be happy if the NASCAR veteran finished second.

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On a more serious note, Jimmie Johnson will most likely hop back in the car to finish off his scheduled stint. That is, as long as the car is still in tip-top condition and has not been involved in any hijinks. Unfortunately, teammate Chase Elliott confessed that he and his team struggled after sustaining some minor damage.

Hopefully, Jimmie Johnson and his co-drivers are able to pick up the slack for Action Express Racing. The outfit is a strong team and they are certainly capable of winning the race.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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