The rookie orientation program for the Indy 500 requires a driver to show 10 laps of 205-210mph, 15 laps of 210-215 mph, then 15 over 215mph.
Johnson accomplished Phases I and II, however nonetheless had just a few laps left of Section III when rain, which had already delayed the method, returned to the Speedway and ended the day early.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver will be capable to full the necessities within the open take a look at at IMS on April 20-21.
Requested if the expertise had elevated his need to aim to qualify for subsequent Could’s 106th operating of the Indianapolis 500, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Johnson replied: “It’s undoubtedly, undoubtedly elevated. I believe the look I had at Texas [Johnson’s oval rookie test] elevated it and introduced me right here.
“As comfy as I felt, my curiosity is on the highest it has been, definitely my consolation is on the highest it has been. All that stated, there’s nonetheless a whole lot of work between now and actually pulling by way of with this chance.”
When it comes to truly committing to the 500 – and certainly, including all of the IndyCar ovals to his 2022 diary after a highway/avenue course-only weight loss program in ’21 – he stated: “I am unable to simply but. I want to go away right here at this time, go house, sit down, get bottle of wine open, possibly even pull [Jimmy] Vasser’s bottles off the shelf.
“I am as shut as I’ve ever been. The racer in me is taking an actual critical have a look at this, however I nonetheless want to sit down down and have that dialog at house.”
Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Picture by: Joe Skibinski
The 46-year-old stated that doing the ovals this previous 12 months “would have been a a lot simpler pathway for me. Now that I am seeking to do it, there’s nonetheless a whole lot of work to be executed.
“Even when I say, ‘Hey, everybody, I am in,’ we nonetheless have a whole lot of work to get executed simply to tug it off.
“That facet, it might have been simpler to make this resolution a 12 months sooner. However I actually needed to undergo what I’ve to get comfy with in IndyCar, hit a pair partitions.
“Hitting the wall at 180 in Nashville – as a lot as I hated doing it, it was information level for me. Additionally for my household to be round these automobiles, the trade.
“Seeing a pair unhealthy crashes this 12 months, seeing what the aeroscreen has executed to guard Ryan Hunter-Reay at Barber when the wheel meeting got here again into the windscreen.”
Johnson, an 18-time participant in and four-time winner of the Brickyard 400, stated: “As soon as I received by way of the notion of downshifting and upshifting by way of the course of the lap, the velocity at which issues had been coming at me, the driving line, the method, even the behaviour of the automobile in numerous turns across the racetrack was all very acquainted to me.
“I believe I ran 55 laps or so, not solely specializing in operating lap occasions to work by way of the phases but in addition feeling modifications we made on the automobile. I used to be excited personally to undergo that and perceive what minus rear wing appears like, much less entrance wing appears like.
“Whereas I stood and watched final 12 months, I’d hear these modifications being made. It could make me pucker up. It was good to get on the market and connect a sense to that.”