Want to know even more about Jimmie Johnson and Team 48? See what journalists from around the country are saying about Team Lowe's Racing.
Jimmie Johnson is not only looking for his first strong finish of the season at a superspeedway this week, he is looking for his first finish, period. After getting caught up in an accident on the first lap in Daytona and ending up in the garage after 60 laps at Talladega, Team 48 is hungry for a strong result in Daytona this week. Here were some of Jimmie Johnson's thoughts heading in to the week...
You really didn’t get to complete a lot of laps in February. Are you going to go back with the same setup, or are you going to do stuff a little bit differently this weekend?
“We are so boxed in, chassis-wise, due to the restrictor-plate rules. Vehicle-wise, it’s very similar. NASCAR has given up a higher pop-off valve due to the higher temperatures we will have there. Really, it’s kind of as is. It has been pretty easy from my standpoint on restrictor-plate tracks anymore because the rules have stayed the same.”
Do you have any special Fourth of July traditions or anything that you normally do?
“No, nothing yet. I think as my daughter gets older and understands the day and the fun we can have with fireworks, I hope Mom will let us have the fireworks. I’m sure we will develop some traditions there. We are on the road so much, and then the Fourth can fall midweek and all that kind of thing that we don’t have any traditions, but certainly respect the day.”
Talk about the event you are doing the day after the Daytona race?
“I’ve got my first triathlon I’m competing in. I won’t get a lot of rest going into it after hopefully winning in Daytona, then working my way over to Charleston for that event. I’m looking forward to it. It’s something I’ve always had in mind, and I’m going to start with the sprint distance and see how that goes and work my way from there. It’s just a great way to keep training fresh and new and fun. We’ve got a big group of guys going to it, so it will be a fun day.”