By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Also, in his final race, Johnson led four laps. He was the first driver behind the Champion 4 drivers, which actually finished 1-2-3-4.
“It does,” Johnson said. “I didn’t realize that was the case. And Evie told me that on pit lane. She said, Daddy, I think you won. She said, No, the first four cars were in the championship and you beat everybody else. She brought it to my attention and had her own version of my winning, which I appreciated.
“Just a good competitive day. I could see the 11 up there and was slowly catching him but just kind of ran out of laps. It was nice to keep my eyes forward and have a great car and race that hard all day long.”
The legend will now focus his sights on an opportunity in the NTT IndyCar Series. Johnson has been announced as a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing.
He will drive the Carvana Racing entry that will be known as the Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing.
Johnson departs the sport as a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion. He; however, is the first driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win five straight Championships.
He goes out with 83 career wins. All 83 wins came with Hendrick Motorsports.
“It definitely feels good for my final race to run well,” he said. “A big tent full of friends here watching. My family was clearly here. I didn’t have too much riding on today. Making sure that I had a good run just because I always plan to run well. In my head I always feel like I should.
“But ultimately this year is just a little bit bittersweet for me. And to have the issues we’ve had and not be competitive down the stretch, not make the Playoffs, all that still stings. But to finish with a solid top 5 to close things out is nice.”
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