2021 sure has a lot of things in store for NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson. Starting next weekend, he will test his trade at the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona event with Action Express Racing.
Johnson interestingly addressed how sports car racing can help a driver in Cup Series racing. He took the time out to mention his own example and draw parallels of riding dirt bikes when he was a kid.
He stated, “I think that depends on the lens that you look at it through. My example would be when I was a kid growing up racing dirt bikes.”
“My age group and size, the 60CC bike was the intended bike to ride on. And my Dad would also enter me in the 80CC category on a bigger bike, more power, heavier.
“But I was learning how to drive more power, how to handle the bike, jump further, and all of the things that come with it. When I got back onto my intended bike, things slowed down, there was less power, I could be more aggressive with it.”
The art of learning to transition thus gave Johnson better control over his vehicle. Having tried out sports car racing on seven such Rolex 24 events, gave him a good understanding whilst furthering his Cup Series career as well.
He continued, “I personally really thought that helped me a lot from my intended size of bike that I was racing on. So with that in mind, sure, these cars are way different, way faster, and all that stuff goes on.”
“But when you get back in a Cup car on road course, I thought that it slowed things down for me in a Cup car. It really helped, at least my eyes and my senses,” concluded Johnson.
The former Hendrick Motorsports No.48 is part of a formidable driver line-up at Action Express Racing. With Johnson also reunited with his former crew chief, Chad Knaus, signs are looking positive for him to win his first-ever Rolex 24 medal.
Indeed, the event would also serve as a perfect starting point for Johnson, who later begins an IndyCar career with Chip Ganassi Racing. But using all his knowledge and experience, the seven-time Cup champion would look to seal the deal come next Saturday.