Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jimmie Plus Rolex Equals Bad Luck

Jimmie Johnson and the Rolex 24 just don't get along.

Johnson took a nasty hit today during practice for this weekend's 24 hours at Daytona. He was treated and released from the infield care center. And reports say he's uninjured, except for some bruising and soreness.

The car didn't make out so well - it was totalled.

It was just last year at the Rolex 24 that Johnson suffered another bit of bad luck. He sliced his finger open with a knife - while trying to poke a hole in his firesuit, no less. He ended up with stitches to show for it.

However, just like last year, the indomitable Johnson isn't gonna let a little mishap keep him from racing in the big event.

His run in this weekend's Rolex 24 will cap what's turned out to be one heckuva week for the reigning NASCAR Cup champ. The HBO special "Jimmie Johnson 24/7 - The Road To Daytona" premiered Tuesday to much acclaim by the NASCAR faithful.

For those of you (like me) who don't subscribe to HBO and were bummed to miss the big show - just look at what I found - Epsiode 1 on Youtube!

Photo info: A tow truck pulls the Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet/Riley back to the garage after driver Jimmie Johnson wrecked the vehicle during practice for the Rolex 24-hour race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. - Associated Press


  1. Yee-ouch Yimmy! I say the boy should keep to stock cars.

    Apparently HBO is making the episodes of "Jimmie Johnson 24/7" available online as well. I thought this episode was more telling about Chad Knaus than Johnson (Monte reported today that this may be Knaus' last season with Johnson--burnout gets to crew chiefs faster than drivers--parting ways in the manner that Ray Evernham left Jeff Gordon, marking the beginning of Gordon's decline. Could easily be the same for JJ. Everyone might be able to settle for a JJ 5-peat.

    Here was the link I used to get to HBO's site:

  2. I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Jimmie's life on the HBO show. He seems like a genuinely nice guy and really easy to root for on the racetrack.