Indianapolis: Jimmie Johnson race report

* Johnson has made eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he has earned three wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes. * Johnson will be piloting chassis No. 558 in Sunday's event. Johnson last drove that car...

* Johnson has made eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he has earned three wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* Johnson will be piloting chassis No. 558 in Sunday's event. Johnson last drove that car to a fifth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in June.

* Backup chassis No. 553 was driven to Victory Lane by Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in February.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

HOW DID YOU SPEND THE OFF WEEKEND WITH GENEVIEVE? "We've just been at home getting into the swing of things. From feedings to changing diapers, little walks. Kind of going through the paces and watching her grow a little each day and get stronger and stronger. I can't wait until we get a little further along where we feel comfortable with her traveling and coming to the race track and being around and being out and about. So everything has been going really good."

TALK ABOUT WATCHING RACES AT THE BRICKYARD GROWING UP AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU TO RACE THERE. "I think any kid that races thinks of the Indianapolis 500 as an event they want to compete in, especially from the generation that I was in. It may be a little different in today's world where people think more of the Daytona 500. But in my generation it was the Indy 500. To have my career path lead me toward stock car racing I knew that I wouldn't have a chance to race in the Indy 500. But with stock cars racing at the Brickyard it's the next best thing.

"I have a lot of memories watching the (Indianapolis) 500 with my grandfather and my dad. And then even watching the (Brickyard) 400 - watching Earnhardt fight so hard to be the first car on track for that test session, Jeff winning the inaugural race. It's definitely a race that I'm excited to go to. And the history of the track means a lot to me and the fact that I've won three there means a lot to me as well."

WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO YOU TO JOIN THE ELITE LIST OF FOUR-TIME WINNERS THERE?"It would be a huge honor to join the list of four time winners; just to win there once is a career maker for anyone. So to have three victories there means a lot to me and when I went to do the winners circle appearance a month or so ago, I was there with Rick Mears and to see him as a four-time winner and to talk about his experiences at the track and what it's done for his life and career was neat and helped me open my eyes to his world and the open-wheel world there. So I'm pumped and excited."

YOU HAVE THREE TOP-FIVE FINISHES AT INDY AND THEY'RE ALL WINS. SEEMS LIKE YOU EITHER WIN OR CRASH. IS THAT FAIR? "Yea, that seems to be the pattern. I'm certainly hopeful for another win. I think at the beginning I wasn't driving the track right. And it took me a year or two to get the track figured out. And then I could lead the team in the right direction with the setup. And then we had some luck from there. We got the right baseline setup under the car and I was driving it right and we were able to get some results. So I feel good about what I'm doing. I feel good about the direction of the team and what we're taking there. We'll just have to see what kind of luck we have."

-source: gmrm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Rick Mears