NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson made his debut in an NTT IndyCar Series practice on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park.
Johnson completed 22 laps in the No. 48 Dallara-Honda for his first-ever racing weekend in the IndyCar Series ahead of Sunday’s main race at Barber Motorsports Park. While Johnson was the slowest of 24 drivers, he finished 11th among the 12 drivers in Group 1.
I wasn’t last! pic.twitter.com/W9WAhZTP81
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 18, 2021
“This smile is not going to go away,” said Johnson after the session. “What an amazing day. Didn’t qualify last, so that’s a really good thing and a small victory for me in this journey.
“Today was full of firsts, red tires, qualifying session, race weekend. Just the different layers that exist. And I survived the day. Had a lot of fun. And really excited about my first race tomorrow.
“Dial-in our race setup and then we go racing tomorrow and have a lot of fun in that Carvana Honda.”
“This smile is not going to go away. What an amazing day. Didn’t qualify last so that’s a really good thing and a small victory.”
This is the wide-eyed Seven-Time.
— Nate Ryan (@nateryan) April 18, 2021
Racing in the IndyCar series has been a dream for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. While he might not have got the start he wanted, he will be looking forward to all the IndyCar racing that he will get to do in the coming days, with the hope that things will turn out to be better than his first practice session,