Watkins Glen: Jimmie Johnson preview

Team Lowe's Racing driver Jimmie Johnson is looking for Victory Lane in this weekend's road-course race at Watkins Glen International. The championship driver has turned in three top-three finishes in as many weeks, including a third-place...

Team Lowe's Racing driver Jimmie Johnson is looking for Victory Lane in this weekend's road-course race at Watkins Glen International.

The championship driver has turned in three top-three finishes in as many weeks, including a third-place result at Pocono Raceway last weekend. He has started from the pole in the last two events -- Pocono and Indy.

Watkins Glen International is one of seven Sprint Cup Series tracks in which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. He has three top-five finishes in six starts.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

HOW MUCH HARDER, MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY AND CONCENTRATION-WISE IS A ROAD COURSE COMPARED TO AN OVAL? "I would definitely say that (it's harder). With every corner there's a different rhythm to it, even on an oval, but it's repetitive. Indy might be one of the hardest ovals because each corner is so different. I'd put Pocono maybe second most intense, mentally. But when you get to a road course, you've got to turn left, turn right, hard-braking zones and intermediate braking zones, down-shifts, and up-shifts. There is a lot of stuff going on over the course of a lap on a road course."

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A LITTLE MISTAKE ON A ROAD COURSE AS OPPOSED TO AN OVAL? "If you're under pressure and somebody gets by you, you're in trouble at that point. But in my own mind, I typically chase the lap times that are fed to me over the radio. So if it's Bristol and a 15-second lap, I only have 15 seconds to worry about it and then I try again. At Watkins Glen, it's a minute and something before I get another shot at it. So that's what you really focus on."

Johnson will pilot chassis number 442 in Sunday's 90-lap race. The Lowe's driver drove that chassis to a 15th-place finish at Infineon Raceway in June. The backup chassis, No. 419, was last driven at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

-credit: hm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson