Jimmie Johnson said that his last season in the NASCAR Cup Series didn’t go as planned and he felt an uncomfortable pressure in different stages of the season.
The seven-time champion bade farewell to his full-time Cup career after the 2020 Cup Series season. He would have surely liked to win a race and compete for the championship in his last season. However, after missing out one race due to positive COVID-19 test and failing to qualify for the playoffs, Johnson revealed that he was stressed in a lot of moments last season. The former Hendrick Motorsports driver said:
“Last year was a really intense year. I had very high expectations from myself. The year didn’t go as planned. Obviously, having my positive COVID-19 test, then missing the Brickyard, missing the Playoffs. There was a lot of negative stress on me during all of that.”
However, this kind of stress can pressure come back again for him during his motorsport career, Johnson added.
“It can come back, this is motorsport and I do recognize that. But last year, at least the middle part of the year, into the start of the playoffs, that was an uncomfortable pressure.
“A different type of pressure that I don’t like to experience too often.”
Johnson is not set to make his IndyCar debut after signing a two-year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive select IndyCar races this season. He is expecting some level of stress that he will have to face as the season progresses.
“This year is young. In full honesty, to start a year, there is a lot of optimism in any situation. Then you get into the year, and often times, there are things that disappoint you or stress you out in a negative way.
“I haven’t made it that far into the season to encounter any of that.”