4 car diary - Jimmie Johnson greets the dawn

Car Running Like a Train. But. By Bill King About 20min into his stint, Jimmie Johnson was confronted with a full course caution and raised questions about a decision to short-pit The Boss Snowplow No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford.

Car Running Like a Train. But.
By Bill King

About 20min into his stint, Jimmie Johnson was confronted with a full course caution and raised questions about a decision to short-pit The Boss Snowplow No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford. With his race leading teammate Andy Wallace pitting the No. 20 CITGO car, the team wanted to call Johnson in so they wouldn't run up against the fuel window and perhaps trigger the same IPU problem Elliott Forbes-Robinson had just experienced.

Johnson successfully lobbied to stay out, feeling that cars would be waved by the pace car. He was right, and it allowed him to recover another lap before pitting for fuel and tires, which the No. 4 crew accomplished in 33.092sec.

On the restart, Johnson was still seventh, 14 laps down, and resumed reeling off 1:49 laps until the end of his stint on leader Lap 565, passing off to Butch Leitzinger who resumed in fifth overall.

"I'm really enjoying this race," Johnson said with conviction. "I feel very comfortable in the car now. We had some problems in the middle of the night. Repairs and all, this thing is good. We were definitely fast enough to win the race, but that's how it is.

"I've only run this race twice," Johnson said, "I can see you have to keep it clean to win this thing. Just didn't happen this year."

Editor's note:
Please view all the diary entries by Bill King on the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford at http://www.motorsport.com/news/series.asp?S=GRANDAM

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Series Grand-Am , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Bill King