An Interview With: JIMMIE JOHNSON THE MODERATOR: Now we are joined by the 48, Jimmie Johnson, tell us about your run. JIMMIE JOHNSON: Real proud of all the effort that's gone into our intermediate track program really showed today and it...
An Interview With:
THE MODERATOR: Now we are joined by the 48, Jimmie Johnson, tell us about your run.
JIMMIE JOHNSON: Real proud of all the effort that's gone into our intermediate track program really showed today and it was pretty eventful. Ran up front, led a little bit and I think clean air was really, really important.
And I was really shocked today in how bad the cars drove in traffic. In the past, our stuff had bigger bumps and I was really fortunate to catch people and the guy in front of you I really think the cars should not be so aero dependent. They are safer and doing a lot of things the right way, but they really need to look at making changes so that the cars have a little more downforce; so when you get into low downforce situations, there's more grip on the car.
Q: The restarts (no microphone).
JIMMIE JOHNSON: On the restart, I was with him. I felt like, gosh, maybe try the outside through one and two, but with all going down through the cautions before, I knew that was a bad decision, and got away from me a little bit and just kind of ran from there on out. Once you get up to speed, the car just depends on the aerodynamics.
Q: I know you're not the engineer, just the driver, but what sort of things are you thinking and if you have more downforce, doesn't that effect doesn't that make them more dependent
JIMMIE JOHNSON: No, I think we were just it's never going to change. Need to make the cars not so aero dependent, and it's going to help the guys go back in traffic. And we've always had aero problems (inaudible) is a great thing, but I'd love to see NASCAR talk to some team engineers and their guys get together and say, all right, what's the logical step that's not going to cost millions and millions of dollars to get more front downforce in the car so you didn't get so tight in traffic, because we went rear drift from time to time with the aero balance and you can adjust the wing balance there, but the cars need more front downforce.
Q: We noticed prior to the final restart, you were staying down there as long as you could; fuel concerns?
JIMMIE JOHNSON: Not really. I just didn't want to take a chance. We had plenty of gas, but the way those pickups are and the way the cable drive system works, Denny Hamlin in Bristol had plenty of gas in the tank with the restart, and there was air in the line, and we had I guess in Charlotte, changed last year and we've seen it happen a few times. So being that close to the front, I wouldn't take any chances making sure that we had plenty of gas.
Q: One thing, when people hear the drivers talk about the car, they say, well, you know, it's in their hands a little bit more now; that's one argument that keeps coming up. Is that the case, or is that just something that is a nice way of saying these cars are so difficult so handle that they are too hard to drive?