Four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson scraped the wall while running through the short chute in Turns 3 and 4 during Saturday morning NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I have to take my time driving it to get it to turn," said Johnson, who was fighting a tight condition.
After the No. 48 Chevy slapped the wall with about 45 minutes remaining in practice, crew chief Chad Knaus ordered the five-time champ to “(Expletive) bring it in.”
Johnson calmly replied, “Bringing it to you then. A little scratch on the right side … It got the right side. It didn’t tug on the wheel, my wheel went straight. Very, very light contact.”
After cosmetic repairs to the car, Johnson returned to practice for his qualifying-style runs. It didn’t take Johnson long before he jumped to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 187.379 mph.