Latest Jimmie Johnson News

Johnson struggling at Detroit, trying to stay out of the way

Jun. 12, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has struggled to get around the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and at times has been more than 5 seconds off the pace of the leader. The most challenging track the seven-time NASCAR champion has ever raced was not kind to Johnson in Saturday's...

NASCAR All-Star race will be Texas-sized sendoff for Gossage

Jun. 12, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An All-Star race in the Lone Star State, with at least five restarts over 100 laps, a few inversion gimmicks and $1 million for the winning driver. NASCAR is providing quite a night to mark the 25th season of racing at Texas Motor Speedway and...

Palou shakes off Indy defeat, takes points lead to Detroit

Jun. 11, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Palou still felt the sting from his second-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 when he saw Helio Castroneves at the victory dinner and begged the winner to tell him how he made the decisive final pass. “I asked him a couple of questions because I...

On the road again: Romain Grosjean thriving in IndyCar

Jun. 09, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

Romain Grosjean turned in his key to Indianapolis Motor Speedway — yes, he had his own key to the place — packed up his motorhome and left for Detroit, the next step in his next American adventure. First, he rode his bike 10 laps around the historic speedway. He had...

Larson gives Hendrick record-breaking win at Coca-Cola 600

May. 30, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The first thing Rick Hendrick thought about as Kyle Larson crossed the finish line to win the Coca-Cola 600 was April 29, 1984. That's when Hendrick won for the first time as a NASCAR Cup Series owner when Geoff Bodine took the Sovran Bank 500 at...

NBC hopes for more IndyCar as contract comes to an end

May. 26, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NBC Sports heads into its third Indianapolis 500 not ready to wave the checkered flag on its partnership with Roger Penske's open-wheel racing series. IndyCar's current deal with NBC Sports is in its final season and contract negotiations are...

Johnson watches Indy 500 from sideline itching to get in car

May. 26, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson was inside a sauna at 120 degrees and climbing as part of an hourlong sweat session prepping him to race on hot summer days. It's part of a fitness program that calls for mental exercises to be completed while roasting inside the sweat bath, but Johnson...

Team Hendrick heads home to try to pass the King of NASCAR

May. 24, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports tied The King in the rain, spray and mud of Texas. Now it's time to go home to see if it can pass Richard Petty as NASCAR's winningest team. Chase Elliott's victory in the rain-shortened Texas Grand Prix ...

Hondas dominate speed chart in preview of Indy qualifying

May. 21, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon put his car back on top of the Indianapolis 500 speed chart Friday. With much less fanfare, teammate Marcus Ericsson turned some heads by posting the best four-lap average. Now the Chip Ganassi Racing drivers will...

Rahal team penalized after Indy 500 photo shoot causes crash

May. 20, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attempted photo opportunity almost went terribly wrong on the opening lap of Indianapolis 500 practice when Colton Herta crashed into both Scott McLaughlin and the wall, oblivious at more than 200 mph to the Instagram moment ahead. Rahal...