Johnson Wrecks In Michigan Happy Hour
BROOKLYN, Mich. – If Jimmie Johnson hopes to visit victory lane at Michigan Int’l Speedway for the first time on Sunday, he’ll have to do it from the rear of the field.
Johnson, who was scheduled to start third in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400, crashed his No. 48 Chevrolet during Happy Hour practice Saturday at the two-mile oval. He will start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field in a back-up car.
“I hate the extra work load, but we are trying to figure out what really happened because I had no sign of lose and certainly spun out and crashed,” Johnson said. “The No. 88 (teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.) came over and he said that he felt there may have been some oil down and he slipped real bad going through there. Then we are trying to look at our tires and get an understanding of what might have happened because lose was not in the characteristics of the car and then I end up spinning out and going in.
“It would be nice to figure out why so we know, but regardless we’ve got a back-up car that we’ve gone to and hopefully the race engine is still in good shape and we can put it in the back-up car and not have any issues with our grid position.”
Johnson’s primary car will certainly be missed as he set the fastest time during Happy Hour prior to the crash, timing in at 199.457 mph. Juan Pablo Montoya was second fastest at 198.758 mph. Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon completed the top five in practice.