The Chip Ganassi Racing driver grabbed an excessive amount of kerb on the within of Flip 5 of the legendary road course throughout Friday’s sole observe session, in order that the underside of the automobile grounded out, taking weight off his wheels simply as he wanted most grip to finish the nook.
Johnson hit the tyre wall on the skin and his proper hand took the pressure because the steering wheel wrenched it round.
Johnson then headed to hospital and whereas there have been rumours that Ganassi’s IMSA ace Sebastien Bourdais would possibly sub for Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion elected to proceed in his second ever GP of Lengthy Seashore. His choice was made simpler by the Ganassi staff managing to plot a neat carbonfibre splint for his hand to minimise the pressure.
Sadly, the weekend didn’t get any simpler for Johnson, and this was arguably his most torrid IndyCar occasion but. In Saturday morning observe, he slid head-on into the Flip 1 tyre barrier and in qualifying on Saturday afternoon he was knowledgeable his finest laps could be deleted for interference with one in every of Graham Rahal’s flying laps. Then on Sunday he crashed once more, this time at Flip eight, the place his automobile additionally sustained injury from rookie David Malukas placing it.
Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images
This morning, Johnson tweeted an image of his closely bandaged hand as he sat in a simulator. He wrote, “From Lengthy Seashore to the working room. Excellent news is, I plan to be prepared for the IMS take a look at in 9 days and Barber on Might 1st. Thanks to all of the medical workers concerned.”
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will, climate permitting, host a two-day take a look at on the enduring 2.5-mile oval on the 20-21 April and Johnson is anticipated to finish his Rookie Orientation Program which he began final Autumn.
Given the character of the course, IMS is much less more likely to put pressure on his sore proper hand than at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham as a result of excessive g-forces and lengthy corners on the observe, which is able to host the fourth spherical of the 2022 IndyCar season on 29 April-1 Might.