Johnson last piloted chassis No. 592 to a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September. Backup chassis No. 553 was driven to Victory Lane by Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in February. JIMMIE JOHNSON: TALK ABOUT GOING TO KANSAS:...
Johnson last piloted chassis No. 592 to a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
Backup chassis No. 553 was driven to Victory Lane by Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in February.
JIMMIE JOHNSON: TALK ABOUT GOING TO KANSAS: "For a mile-and-a-half, I think that Chicago and Kansas are pretty similar. In years past, mile-and-a-halfs have been our bread and butter and have been really good for us. And Kansas has a really cool transition in and off the corners where you can run second and third lane. It is pretty friendly and you can search around and try to find a line. The asphalt has aged pretty quick there too which has allowed us to run multiple lanes and move around. So in general, it is a track with options. For a mile-and-a-half race track, it has a lot of options and I have enjoyed racing there over the years and have been able to get a win there."
CHAD KNAUS: CAN YOU SAY WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED AS FAR AS THE CHASE IN THE FIRST TWO RACES OR YOU DON'T LEARN ANYTHING TILL THE MILE-AND-A-HALFS? "I feel good about it. If you go back and look at our performance in Chicago, we qualified respectable. We led a good portion of that race. I think if you go back and you look at how we ran at Charlotte Motor Speedway, we ran very competitive there. We basically took ourselves out of both of those races."
I think leading into that with Kansas being very similar to Chicago, looking forward to it. I think the performance we had in Atlanta was definitely a direction that you can see where we're headed toward going into Charlotte Motor Speedway, Homestead, and definitely Fontana, we're always excited to go there. We obviously won there in the spring. I think our big track stuff is pretty close. We're excited about it. We know we're never as good as what we want to be. We're definitely going to be continuing to work on it, trying to improve our product, but I'm looking forward to it, definitely."