Jimmie Johnson statement

Three-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson required repair of a tendon and nerve after cutting his left middle finger with a kitchen knife Sunday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla., while preparing to compete in the final...

Three-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson required repair of a tendon and nerve after cutting his left middle finger with a kitchen knife Sunday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla., while preparing to compete in the final segment of the Rolex 24 sports car series race. The injury occurred above the knuckle and happened while Johnson was attempting to cut a small hole in his firesuit in order to feed a tube from a cooling shirt through the pocket of his suit.

Johnson flew from Daytona Beach to Charlotte for further evaluation and outpatient treatment with a hand specialist at Carolinas Medical Center. The injury will not keep Johnson from driving in the season's first NASCAR Sprint Cup event Feb. 7 at Daytona International Speedway.

"That certainly wasn't the way I wanted to end the Rolex race," said Johnson, who ran with the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team. "I really appreciate all the hard work by the guys this weekend. I'm just sorry I wasn't there at the end with them. The doctors did a great job in Daytona and Charlotte and I can't thank them enough. Everything feels good and I'll be ready to roll for Daytona."

Johnson is still scheduled to appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" tonight and will co-host his Super Skins charity golf tournament and party with Nick Lachey this weekend in Tampa, Fla.

-credit: jjPR

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