NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Sunday for the iconic Indy 500 hoping to secure an iconic win in his debut race itself. The seven times NASCAR cup series champion will make his debut for No:48 Honda Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy oval and he will have a whole roaster of Cup drivers backing him in the upcoming race.
Now Colombian racer Juan Pablo Montoya is a two times Indy 500 champion and among the few open-wheel drive to make waves in stock car racing, the has come forth expressing his opinion that he sees Jimmie Johnson winning the coming race in Indianapolis though he is surprised with the veteran’s open-wheel debut.
Find out what Juan Pablo Montoya said on Jimmie Johnson
Juan Pablo Montoya acknowledged that he was surprised to see Jimmie Johnson wanting to race in IndyCar owing to the fact that it’s going to make his racing life harder contrary to his time with NASCAR where he kicked butts. He added that he is so happy the NASCAR legend is doing it and acknowledged that he seriously believes the veteran has a genuine shot at winning his maiden Indy 500 in the debut itself.
“When he came to IndyCar, I said, ‘I don’t understand why you’re doing the hard thing where you would struggle, and the good thing where you would kick everybody’s (butt), you didn’t. I’m so happy he’s doing it — to a point. I do really believe he’s got a genuine shot at winning,” says Juan Pablo Montoya.
Jimmie Johnson on making history by becoming the third driver to win both Daytona 500 and Indy500
Jimmie Johnson on the Indy500 race day has an amazing opportunity had of him as if he is able to win the Indy500 on his debut he will become only the third driver to have won the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, as he already has two Daytona win. A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti are the two drivers who were able to achieve the iconic feet before.
Jimmie Johnson acknowledged that though he isn’t concerned about what this achievement means for his legacy as a racer but said that it would be a great honor to join the likes of the greats who have achieved the iconic wins.
“I’ve not been one to think about what it might feel like or what it might possibly do for my career, legacy, or those types of questions. But I know it would be so amazing to join those guys if I could. I have no idea what that moment would be like, but it would be a huge honor to join them,” Jimmie Johnson said.