A NASCAR star takes a step back


Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 3:09 p.m.

Crowned seven times in NASCAR, the American driver Jimmie Johnson, who went to IndyCar, will step back, but does not stop motor racing. And he would see himself in the 24 Hours of Le Mans…

Jimmie Johnson is an icon of motor racing in the United States. Winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seven times, including five times in a row (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 then 2013 and 2016), the 47-year-old driver, who branched off to IndyCar last year after quitting NASCAR in 2020, believes he’s figured it out. A decision taken two weeks after the end of the IndyCar season. And without regret, on the part of those who wish to devote more time to their family.

« It’s been an interesting process of feeling so satisfied with the experience and then trying to make a decision, » he told The Associated Press. « All things considered, there’s so much to plan for. with the kids… We always had the idea of ​​trying to live abroad for a year or two. We love Colorado and want to spend more time there, and there are so many personal and professional things moving that I just wanted to take some time and make the decision not on the back of a positive or negative experience on the circuit. »

« I always want to compete »

But he’s not going to hang up. « I always want to compete. It was a tough choice for me, but deep down I know it’s the right one., he continued. I feel like 2022 ticked so many boxes and I had such an amazing time that I’m going to take a deep breath and seriously think about what 2023 might look like. I’m still working on my shopping list to compete. » And to cite the 24 Hours of Le Mans among his next challenges: « Once again, this is not a goodbye », he concludes.

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