Jimmie Johnson Spins to Avoid Errant Porsche By Bill King Jimmie Johnson inherited the lead-lap fruits of Elliott Forbes-Robinson's labors and set about to consolidate that position for The Boss Snowplow No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac ...
Jimmie Johnson Spins to Avoid Errant Porsche
By Bill King
Jimmie Johnson inherited the lead-lap fruits of Elliott Forbes-Robinson's labors and set about to consolidate that position for The Boss Snowplow No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford.
"The pace car waved me by. What do you want me to do?"
"Is there a restart line?"
It was all clearly explained by the Crawford crew and Johnson performed a flawless restart, holding the lead to Lap 344 when Emmanuel Collard in the No. 10 Pontiac Riley reeled him in. Johnson stayed close for two laps before a Porsche behaved badly in traffic forcing him to spin to avoid serious damage to the No. 4. The incident, colorfully described over the radio, cost Johnson a half a minute.
A pit stop 10 laps later for Hoosiers and fuel took 57.156sec with a visual inspection for spin damage turning up nothing alarming. Meanwhile, Collard had upped the ante and was turning laps in the 1:48s. Johnson's spotter was speaking NASCAR with encouragements like, "Awesome job, buddy. Keep diggin'."
By the end of his stint, Johnson was on the tail of the third-placed No. 03 and pitted to turn the car over to Butch Leitzinger after a 51.403sec stop.
Johnson was still a bit perplexed by the Porsche incident describing it as follows: "A Porsche spun going into the inner loop, the bus stop on the back. The Porsche that was right in front of me, he just really overreacted and slowed practically to a stop. I didn't have any choice to dodge him, and I spun the car out in the process. Rather than plow into the back of him, I went for the grass and spun it out.
"Despite that, the car was great," Johnson said. "We were able to pull back on the leaders. I know we've got something for 'em."
Team note: the No. 2 teamcar lost five laps when an electrical failure at the back of the car required the replacement of the entire rear section.
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