Seven time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson says he was speechless as he was voted the greatest NASCAR driver of all time by his peers.
Johnson who earlier this week completed 125 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with Chip Ganassi Racing NTT IndyCar Series team is in his last season of full time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition said he was humbled by the honor.
Speaking to NASCAR.com ahead of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at North Hampshire Motor Speedway he revealed that he looked up to Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.
As for the future of NASCAR, Johnson spoke about how he feels that Chase Elliott and Hailie Deefan will be successful and the series in good hands.
Paddock Eye understands that Johnson’s future lies with a partial NTT IndyCar Series schedule in 2021 on road and street courses but may also include the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Speaking following his IndyCar test Johnson said that it has lit a fire with him.
Speaking following the test at IMS Johnson said:
All the aggression you try to remove driving a Cup car apply to driving an Indy car. “You really do get rewarded for aggression and commitment. Then finding that limit and trying to figure out how to operate on that edge is what I spent most of the day trying to figure out.
“The amount of time you have to respond to the car getting out of control is so much smaller in one of these (cars). I ended up spinning out twice trying to find the edge. But as the day went on, I was really able to identify the early cues from the car and (understand) what was taking place.