Jimmie Johnson has strong qualifying run, will race for pole

Jimmie Johnson has strong qualifying run, will race for pole

INDIANAPOLIS — In the final moments before his Indianapolis 500 mile qualifying race on Saturday — the first of his illustrious two-decade racing career — Jimmie Johnson recalled the life he lived a year ago .

Trackside, right next to where Johnson started his car, was the NBC booth. Johnson watched the 2021 500 from that same box, feeling left out of the action. He was a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, but had just ventured into IndyCar.

In his first qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, Johnson clocked a stellar four laps, posting the sixth-best average speed on day one of qualifying for next Sunday’s Indy 500 – passing IndyCar greats and former 500 champions Scott Dixon, Will Power, Takuma Sato, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi and four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

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