Chip Ganassi Racing driver advisor and four-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti says that seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion turned NTT IndyCar Series champion Jimmie Johnson is doing really well in his first season of IndyCar Series competition.
Johnson joined Chip Ganassi Racing over the off-season to drive the No.48 Carvana Honda for road and street course events while series veteran Tony Kanaan competes in the ovals races.
Speaking to Paddock Eye about Jimmie Johnson, Franchitti, who also works closely with Alex Palou, his former Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan along with Marcus Ericsson commented saying:
He’s doing really well. He had a lot of spins, and that’s because of what was happening there. His bravery was going up during the tire run during the race, as the tire grip wear was going down, as they wore. Those two are the going in the opposite direction from each other.
That’s why these spins happen, he’s constantly pushing the limits, pushing himself. His ultimate lap time is right there. We’re getting up to speed a bit more, what happens when the tires go off, how to continue to drive quickly.
He’s not only learning, he’s trying to forget two decades of how to drive a stockcar. As I found out when I went to drive a stockcar, what works in INDYCAR doesn’t work in a stockcar and vice versa.
Yeah, he’s got a very difficult job, but he’s made massive progress. Yeah, I think he’s going to continue. Obviously he’s going to continue to get better, to start scoring more and more better results.
Every week. Every week. We actually haven’t spoken in about a week. He’s up in the mountains of Colorado. He’s getting away. Otherwise, honestly it’s every day.
We have Scott Pruett onboard as well. Scott is the voice of Jimmie, in the strategy. He’s working one-on-one. Every day, every couple of days. He wants knowledge, wants to learn all the time and push himself.
He’s a special individual. As a friend he’s a great guy. As a competitor he’s a special individual having in a race team.