Seven time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion turned NTT IndyCar Series driver Jimmie Johnson who will make his series debut with Chip Ganassi Racing at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in March was behind the Ally Racing Cadillac DPi on Wednesday as he prepares for his eighth appearance in the Rolez 24 Hours at Daytona International Raceway which takes place on January 39 2021.
Speaking about the test Johnson said:
It’s been a while. “The car has evolved I think two generations since my last race in the Rolex 24. And I think we’re 8-10 seconds faster with this DPi configuration than what I did in the GRAND-AM car. So (a) very fun car to drive, lots of downforce, lots of speed. The Action Express guys have the car running really nice.“We had a great day (testing) yesterday and super quick, so it’s just a really neat opportunity for me to still have an association with Ally. Mr. (Rick) Hendrick will be involved to a certain degree. To drive for Action, to have this opportunity to compete with Kamui, with Simon and with Mike, it’s just such a unique opportunity and one I’m really proud to be a part of,’
I’ve always looked up to Jimmie. “When I came to the U.S., he became the legend that he is and for me, I didn’t know much about oval racing – and Jimmie and I actually talked about this – he throughout the years made some special moves on ovals and inspired myself from his performance. He is the king.“You look at what the king does and you try to emulate that yourself. “It’s been very, very enjoyable to get to know him as a human being as well. We have very similar personalities and I think it’s going to be great chemistry on the team. And Rocky (Rockenfeller), we have friends in common so we spend time together often.“I really think we will have a fantastic time. We have a similar desire and I think (we are) at very similar times in our career on the team. Everybody seems to be very much on the same page.’
Obviously, Jimmie, I didn’t know in person, but he was one of the few drivers back in 2011 that took the time to write me an email in his busy schedule when I had this accident, even without knowing me, and that meant a lot to me back in the day, I have to say. “I never expected we would race together in a car, so that’s great.“At the end of the day, I think the cool thing about our lineup is definitely there is no ego because everyone wants to do their best “We all love racing and driving cars, but we love even more winning and that’s why we are here.
“I watched them take their time and be very methodical about how we’d all fit together,. “And of course, you have to meet all these criteria to be on the short list, but long story short, they were very intentional about us four together, and I think that’s why we feel the possibility is here and that we do truly have an opportunity to compete for the win.’