Jimmie Johnson has been nominated for two 2010 ESPY awards -- Best Male Athlete and Best Driver. Johnson will go up against Drew Brees, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Albert Pujols for Best Male Athlete and face Kyle Busch, Dario Franchitti, Ron...
Jimmie Johnson has been nominated for two 2010 ESPY awards -- Best Male Athlete and Best Driver.
Johnson will go up against Drew Brees, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Albert Pujols for Best Male Athlete and face Kyle Busch, Dario Franchitti, Ron Hornaday and Tony Schumacher for Best Driver.
* Johnson last piloted primary chassis No. 547 to a 35th-place result in the Daytona 500 after an axle broke late in the race.
* Johnson drove backup chassis No. 482 to a sixth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway last November.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS BEING THE LAST RACE ON THE OLD RACING SURFACE AT DAYTONA?: "For the sport, I think the new surface is going to be really good for us. I predict that you'll see much more of a Talladega-style race with the new asphalt. It's great for the fans, the drivers don't necessarily like it. We like Daytona right now because you actually need to handle, you need to know how to drive the car around the bumps and run the right line. Things that we do inside the car really make a difference. With the new surface, it's going to throw all that out the window. I am a little disappointed, but I certainly understand the issue with the track and the fact that they need to fix it. At some point every track has to be repaved and right now it's Daytona's turn."
IS THERE GOING TO BE MORE BUMP DRAFTING THIS WEEK AT DAYTONA?: "The bump draft is going to be much more difficult to pull off at Daytona. You can see it on the straightaways, but we won't be able to lock up bumper to bumper on the turns. That potential exists when they repave it and get the bumps out of the race track or next year, but this year, people are going to be aggressive and it's a night race so there is more grip. I think you'll see more action-packed race than a day race because we're strung out due to handling purposes."