The NASCAR legend, a four-time winner of NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at IMS, is contesting his first full season of IndyCar after a road-and-street course-only programme in 2021.
Johnson scored his greatest IndyCar outcome thus far on his first oval look at Texas Motor Speedway final month, claiming a formidable sixth-place end, however Indy’s 2.5-mile speedway is a really completely different sort of oval from TMS with solely 9 levels in banking by way of the turns.
Nonetheless, Johnson was the primary driver to crack the 225mph barrier in the course of the second day of Indy testing on Thursday, and he completed up eighth quickest of the 31 individuals with a greatest lap of 227.900mph – which put him eighth within the instances topped by Josef Newgarden’s 229.519mph effort after morning rain and mist delayed the session.
Requested if it had taken him lengthy to develop accustomed to not needing to elevate for Flip 1, now he’s in an IndyCar, Johnson admitted: “I am nonetheless flinching in Flip 1 and Flip three.
“It is only a long-ass straightaway to speak to your self and persuade your self to carry it broad open by way of 1 and three!
“Paradoxically, T2 and T4 behave very a lot the identical, whatever the NASCAR automobile or the IndyCar automobile.”
He later added: “I really feel like flat out sixth gear on the rev limiter turning into T1 or T3 was actually what I wanted to do, get a great sense of that sort of velocity, that sort of G pressure, belief the automotive. No driver lifts, actually flat in these actually quick conditions.”
Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda
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Johnson stated that the 138 laps he accomplished on Thursday had been primarily targeted on studying the way to full passes.
He stated: “I believe that is what we’re all deep down inside targeted on… to determine the way to get off of Turns 2 and four and make higher passes.
“Turns 2 and four are nonetheless the important thing to passing no matter collection. So I am stunned how related and the way difficult T2 and T4 will be to arrange a move.
“I do not suppose I made a move at present, like a real heads-up move. I’ve some work to do to determine that out.
“When guys made errors in entrance of me, I used to be capable of get them. I’ve some extra to do to determine passing.”
In whole, 15 vehicles beat 2008 Indy winner Scott Dixon’s marker from Wednesday’s foreshortened check.
Newgarden’s closest challenger was two-time Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR), who was lower than zero.1mph slower than the Penske driver.
Ganassi’s additional entry, pushed by 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, was third forward of Dixon, Scott McLaughlin and 2020 polesitter Marco Andretti.
Defending Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who crashed at Turn 2 on Wednesday, didn’t return to motion at present as predicted.
The one yellows throughout Thursday’s operating had been for monitor inspections, though at the very least twice Indy rookie Romain Grosjean drifted excessive in soiled air by way of Flip 1 and flirted with the wall.