Tony Kanaan Recalls a Hilarious Story About Jimmie Johnson Who Introduced ‘Uncrustables’ to Him

Published 04/06/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6, 2019 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Later this month, Jimmie Johnson will kick off his IndyCar career with Chip Ganassi Racing. In the buildup to the first race of the season, he sat down with teammate Tony Kanaan for a chat. During their talk, the two of them recalled a funny story involving the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Kanaan said, “I think it was the first bike ride we did at Daytona. Dario [Franchitti] was there, and in the middle of the ride, I have to actually blame Jimmie for that.

“We’re doing a bike ride ‘Drive for Safety’ and I’m starving in the middle of the ride. Jimmie pulled out of his pocket, an Uncrustable snack, which I never knew. It was peanut butter and jelly, that he actually freezes in the freezer, puts it in his pocket, and during the ride, it unfreezes.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tony Kanaan revealed that he also ate it, and then, every time he opened one of those snacks, it reminded him of Jimmie Johnson.

What else did Tony Kanaan say about Jimmie Johnson?

The Brazilian driver also confessed that his children have grown fond of the snack because of Johnson. “Now, my kids love it. It’s his fault,” Kanaan said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Safe to say, all throughout the conversation, there was plenty of good-natured ribbing. So, it is clear that Jimmie Johnson is excited to tackle this new venture with his new team.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, walks on stage during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway on November 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. Jimmie Johnson is scheduled to retire from full-time NASCAR racing after 2020. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Of course, he will have plenty of expectations laid out in front of him. However, the NASCAR legend will be pleased to know that his teammates will be keen to back him up in any way possible. Considering that reigning champion Scott Dixon is one of Johnson’s teammates, there is no better person to shadow in 2021.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Focused on Keeping Fears and Nerves Away as IndyCar Debut Nears

16 days ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Dhruv George

11316 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT