Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will make his NTT IndyCar Series race debut with Chip Ganassi Racing in the 2021 season-opening Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park which takes place from April 16-18 says that getting used to the G Forces in an IndyCar has been one of the biggest challenges of switching from NASCAR to IndyCar.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during Thursday’s 2021 NTT IndyCar Series Media Day, Johnson said:
I would say the G-force in the car. I thought that I’ve experienced some G-forces and would be able to really know where the edge of the vehicle’s grip is based on racing at Bristol or Dover where I thought there were a lot of G-forces, and I couldn’t be further from correct in those instances.
I’m like recalibrating my senses right now to understand how fast the car can stop. I’m doing a decent job of getting it stopped, but I’m actually over-slowing the car. I’m just missing the sensitivity in knowing how much the car naturally slows down on its own.
I don’t know, there’s a few things that I’m still trying to sort out. Then you get into the lateral G-forces that are in the car. I’m used to slipping and sliding cars around all the time and thought that I would be able to handle one of these pretty easily or it might be easier with all the downforce.
When we get in these high downforce, high lateral-G corners, I’m way shy of the potential of the car, and I thought that my brave nature and willingness to commit would be easy to get to the limit, and I have not. So those are two big eye openers for me.
Johnson went on to talk about the advice he has been given ahead of his opening race in the NTT IndyCar Series saying:
Yeah, every time I’m in the car there’s so many steps forward in all these different areas that it’s hard to say one thing. But I can tell you this: I am so thankful for Dario and for Scott Dixon. Those two have — especially Dario and just how thorough he is, the notes that he took from when he was driving, his role that he has now and how involved and focused he is on still collecting notes and passing that information along has been so helpful.
I’m really thankful to have those two in my corner and really helping me kind of get things going.