Jimmie Johnson Unveils Colorful New Helmet for Debut IndyCar Season

Published 01/21/2021, 5:18 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson simply cannot wait for the IndyCar season to begin. Preparations are already underway at the Chip Ganassi Racing camp and in the #48 garage. Recently, Johnson posted a picture of his helmet for the coming IndyCar season.

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Normally, in a NASCAR race, a helmet is not entirely visible to the naked eye. This is because the sport is not an open-wheel event.

However, IndyCar exposes the driver a little bit more for the cameras and the spectators. Truthfully, the helmet makes up part of a racer’s identity on the track.

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Johnson’s new lid for the 2021 IndyCar season has a base color of yellow with a sky blue top and dark blue designs. In addition to that, the helmet sports a few hints of orange stripes along the base and above the visor. The helmet design is from Troy Lee Designs and also bears the Honda logo above the visor.

What to expect from Jimmie Johnson in 2021?

Since he is just a rookie driver, nobody is setting extremely lofty targets for the driver. There is also the fact that Johnson is in his 40s and will mostly be focused on getting in the groove of things. The driver recently took part in a few pre-season tests to get used to the car.

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LOUDON, NH – JUNE 27: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, performs a burnout to celebrate winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)

According to the seven-time Cup Series champion, it was mostly about him judging the car’s braking point. In addition to that, he was also assessing how to maximize the car’s potential in the braking zones. The 45-year-old insisted that his teammates have been a big help in getting him up to speed.

As per a few reports, the NASCAR legend clocked a session-high 160 laps during the day and even recorded a best lap of 53.691 seconds.

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Admittedly, he was still some way off from teammate Scott Dixon, whose best lap was 52.350 seconds. On the lap charts, Johnson was last among the seven drivers and more than a half-second slower than Dalton Kellett in sixth place. Hopefully, the NASCAR legend has a successful IndyCar career and excels in whatever he does.

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